Brett Ralph sure isn't camera shy

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

Perhaps the only lasting image of the 2008 Grey Cup was an extreme close-up.

Brett Ralph, catching a touchdown pass, gets shoved into a TSN cameraman a couple yards deep into the endzone.

The Calgary Stampeders receiver bounced off the poor worker and into the advertising signage well out of bounds.

The memory resonates with the veteran Ralph, and not only because it's the last time he's hit paydirt.

"I was so mad we didn't get a flag there," said the usually level-headed Ralph. "I had taken two steps out of bounds and I was totally relaxed.

"Suddenly, it was whiplash. TV doesn't do it justice. I hit him harder than most people think. You know what it's like looking in a camera, you don't realize it's that close until it happens."

The Stamps return to Montreal for the first time since that Grey Cup victory last November with a meeting tomorrow against the Alouettes at Percival Molson Stadium (11 a.m., TSN).

Ralph does so looking for his first major this season.

Although the 27-year-old fifth-year Stamp has made 24 catches for 357 yards this season, he hasn't scored a touchdown.

What is peculiar about the Grey Cup TD was it was Ralph's only catch that game.

Had he made more grabs, there would have been a chance that he would have contended for most outstanding Canadian.

In winning the franchise's sixth title, Ralph scored the only touchdown as Sandro DeAngelis hit on five field goals to secure the win.

DeAngelis deservedly took home the top Canadian award.

Outside of a Shannon James interception and JoJuan Armour sack of Anthony Calvillo, there isn't anything that comes close to being a top highlight of the game outside of Ralph's TD.

So the clip has been shown countless times since then.

"It's neat," said Ralph, who has 11 career TDs but none that even closely resonate. "There are some touchdowns that are special.

"But it will get played more in the future because of the cameraman getting hit. It wasn't all that spectacular of a catch. It was a scramble where Hank stepped up and threw it.

"When it happened, at first it seemed like another touchdown. When I got up off the cameraman, I started to realize this was something a little more special than the others.

"I will remember it forever. I see it on TV clips and it's a reminder not only of the play but the fact we won the Grey Cup. It would not have been near as special had we not won the title."

Nik Lewis has received much more attention for his major drought this season, but Ralph has flown under the radar.

Quarterback Henry Burris has 18 TD passes this season, and 11 of those have gone to veteran Jeremaine Copeland.

Joffrey Reynolds (two), Teyo Johnson, Ryan Thelwell, Jon Cornish, Jermaine Jackson and Titus Ryan have the others from Burris. Backup Barrick Nealy threw TDs to Copeland and Johnson in relief of Burris during a Week 2 loss in Winnipeg.

"It's been amazing to watch Copeland's success in the red zone," Ralph said. "If we get down there and score, I'm still happy."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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