Stick 'em up

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

A TV commercial for deodorant in the not-so-distant past, now painfully etched in our memory banks, implored viewers with a cheery chorus to Raise your hand if you're sure.

The somewhat sweaty proposition is now facing Scott Coe when asked if he is sure he'll be back next season cracking heads and raising hell in the Calgary Stampeders linebacking corps.

No doubt he's damn sure, just don't ask him to raise his hand. At least not his right hand.

Coe is going under the knife today in Calgary to repair a wonky right shoulder, banged up in a car wreck of a collision during a game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Aug. 7.

A recurrent dislocation of his shoulder has prevented Coe from raising his right hand the past three months, although he continued playing despite recommendations from the Stamps training staff he undergo surgery.

"There hasn't been a day without pain since then," said Coe, 24, who endured the misery week after week, earning the team's nod as nominee for top Canadian.

"(Head therapist) Pat Clayton has been the reason I've been playing. It's been a week-to-week thing and every game I pretty much hurt myself worse. They were keeping me on the field and were the reason I was able to play.

"They recommended I have surgery during the season but I didn't want to stop playing. They didn't think I would make it through the season but Pat was willing to help me out to keep playing as long as it was my decision to not have surgery."

As part of the Stamps' revamped 3-4 defence, Coe collected four sacks and finished in the CFL's top 10 in tackles.

A native Winnipegger, Coe is now making Calgary his year-round home, sharing a place with Stamps receiver Mike Juhasz.

"I'm going to be a Calgarian now, moving here and ready to set up shop," said Coe, who signed as a free agent before the 2004 season after two years in Hamilton.

"Not that I dislike Winnipeg but this is a great city. There's a lot of job opportunities here and the chance to prepare yourself for after the CFL because we all know you can't play your whole life.

"I love the community, have had a great time here the last six months and absolutely couldn't resist staying here. There's so many positive reasons to stay."

One of them is being a part of the defence under the direction of new defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan. He quickly whipped the crew into one of the most feared units in the CFL.

"Nobody knew what it was going to be like when we came into camp with a new system but, literally, after two days the guys were absolutely convinced it was going to be a system that works for us," Coe said.

Clayton said Coe's surgery isn't career threatening and expects the linebacker to spend the three weeks with his arm in a sling. He'll then begin rehabbing for six months, preparing for training camp in May. Coe insists he isn't afraid.

"Not even close," Coe said. "It's not even an issue. "Injuries are part of this game and it's going to happen, guys are going to go under the knife, have bad breaks, but I have no doubt at all I'll come back 100 percent."


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