Myles went distance to land job

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Rejected twice by the Edmonton Eskimos, Reggie Myles had plenty of motivation in his return to Commonwealth Stadium.

Enjoying a rock-solid CFL rookie season as a defensive back with the B.C. Lions, Myles battled the Green and Gold last night.

"It is giving me an extra incentive to know that this was one of the teams that looked over me and wanted me to go somewhere else to play," said Myles before yesterday's kickoff.

"I got to get out there and show them what they passed up on."

Myles attended the Esks 2006 training camp but was cut.

After sitting out the remainder of that year and all of 2007, the import was hoping to play in the All-American Football League this year.

FOLDED

But when that league folded in March, the CFL was the only thing left on his radar screen.

"I just said this is my last go-around, my last chance to continue to do something I love to do," said the 28-year-old.

"So I went to five different workouts: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg and B.C.

"I felt I put on a great showing for the coaches."

But Myles's performance as a walk-on at the Eskimos free-agent try-out camp in Ohio in May wasn't enough to convince Edmonton coaches to bring him to training camp for a second time.

But that likely didn't surprise Myles. The former NFLer didn't sense a good vibe between him and Eskimo staff at the camp.

"They couldn't care less about me," he said.

"This game (is) all about business. They love you as long as you are there for them, otherwise they couldn't care less.

PICK UP

"I can pick up on that just by the way the coaches were looking at me, talking to me while I was there.

"It wasn't a good feeling or vibe between me or the coaches."

But Myles did enough to convince the B.C. Lions to get a contract this spring - and so far he hasn't disappointed this summer. Entering last night's game he was second on the team with 21 defensive tackles.

The former Cincinnati Bengal also has two interceptions, a fumble recovery and one pass knock down in five games for the Lions this year.

After playing four years in the NFL but leaving with question marks over his head - he was cut the week after getting into an alleged scuffle with a teammate in Cincinnati in November 2005 - Myles is in the first year of a three-year contract with the Lions.


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