Draft choice now covering Esks

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Didier Ormejuste's broadcasting career has lasted much longer than his stint with the Edmonton Eskimos.

A sixth-round pick by the Green and Gold in 2003, Ormejuste didn't make it to the first preseason game in training camp that spring before being cut.

But the 30-year-old is now in his fourth year with RDS - the French language sports TV network equivalent of TSN.

"They had a veteran team (in Edmonton in 2003) and it was really talented," said Ormejuste on his extremely brief experience with the Eskimos.

Playing defensive end, Ormejuste was behind Elfrid Payton and Rahim Abdullah on the depth chart.

"I was really surprised (when I got cut)," he remembered. "(It was) the first time in my life I had been cut. I just went numb. I was shocked."

Tom Higgins cut the University of Toledo product, sending him home to Montreal.

"It was frightening, entering the real world," remembered Ormejuste.

Trying to become a communications major while at Toledo, broadcasting became a possibility when RDS needed a sideline reporter for CIS games. That was Ormejuste's first break in his post-playing career.

"I was terrible," he recalled.

"There was no way I should have got the job."

From there, he started handling stats for other games and being an assistant producer in other areas.

"I got my break in the spring of 2006," said Ormejuste. "RDS was broadcasting the NFL draft and it was right up my alley.

"The next fall I started working on the NFL pre-game show (for Monday Night Football on RDS)."

That role still exists today.

Other roles include being a reporter, writer in the newsroom and an on-air host.

But few assignments for the rest of the year will match the strange nature of what happened on Sept. 20.

Ormejuste was assigned to cover the Edmonton Eskimos the day before their game against the Alouettes in Montreal.

How many ex-draft choices end up covering their former team?

MEDIA MUSINGS ...

Proving he still has plenty of wit at the age of 74, CHED sports director Bryan Hall had a great exchange with Winnipeg Blue Bomber receiver Milt Stegall last Thursday.

When media availability had ended on the field at Canad Inns Stadium, Stegall remarked Hall hadn't aged "in 14 years."

That brought this from Hall: "Obviously you have got the good eyes - that's why you can catch the ball so well."

AROUND THE DIAL ...

If CHED retains the Eskimos play-by-play radio rights next year - which is expected - the station needs to add an analyst for the pre-game, halftime and post-game portions of the broadcast.

Rob Brown fills that role in fine fashion on CHED broadcasts of Oilers games.

His commentary on Tuesday night was bang-on during an intermission of the Oilers game against Calgary.

There are some ex-players in the Edmonton area who could fill that role for an Eskimos game: Sean Fleming, Willie Pless or Kevin Lefsrud.

Lefsrud might be too blunt for the liking of the radio rights holder, but he would be entertaining.


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