It took a while, but the news guy’s starting to grow on me a bit. IN his first year on the job, CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge didn’t impress me one bit. Rarely seen, seldom quoted. A real disappointment after the Mark Cohon years.
But in recent weeks, he’s scored in two major areas where the CFL has been failing for years, drugs and player safety.
The Old CFL drug testing policy was a joke, full of loopholes that allowed college players basically one free positive test before the combine to increase their draft stock. The new policy closes that loophole, provides clear leadership on what supplements are and aren’t allowed, and name shames forst time offenders.
Then there’s Thursday’s announcements on player safety initiatives. A video room injury observer may not be a trained neurologist on the sidelines, but it’s something. Strict limits on padded practices? Well done. An anonymous survery asking players about concussion and injury history, and why they choose to hide injuries? Great idea.
They say still waters run deep. Jeffrey Orridge seemed pretty still in year one. Apparently there’s some depth.