The Stampeder organization just keeps doing things right. tonight, two good guys get the break they deserve and get a chance to get on the field, for one, a dream fulfilled, for the other, a dream renewed.
Max Caron was voted the outstanding defensive player in the country while at Concordia in 2011. The Stamps thought enough of him to use their second round pick, 16th overall to take him. Then came training camp, and a torn achilles tendon. A year later, a surgically repaired Caron tries it again, and tears the OTHER achilles. At this point, a lot of organizations would say well kid, you gave it a shot, hope you got your degree. Instead, the club brought Caron back for a third camp, and he did enough to stick around on the practice roster, finally getting his chance tonight with some banged up regulars needing a break.
“I just feel very fortunate to still get a chance to live out my dream and play pro football.” says Caron. You deserve it, kid.
Then there’s Joe West. A 5 year Stampeder, he wasn’t a lock to make the team out of camp as the team revamped the receiving corps. Joe’s whole career has been marked with trial and tragedy, from a broken leg early, to the murder of his little brother midseason in 2014. After a great start, he hurt his ankle, and DaVaris Daniels got a shot. We know how that turned out. Now, with Marquay McDaniel needing a break, West draws back in.
“Thankful. Something I’ve been looking forward to, just preparing each week, every day I have i try to take advantage of my opportunities, It leads up to a door opening for me and I just have to try and take advantage of it , have fun.”
Who knows what happens after tonight? But for one young man, tonight marks a chance to live a dream. For an older vet, it’s a chance to prove he can still get the job done here, or maybe somewhere else.
It’s another example of the class the Stamps have shown through the Hufnagel-Dickenson era, and one of the reasons this team is not only a perennial contender, it’s a team you can feel good about cheering for for reasons other than wins and titles.