Gracious donation

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Former Stampeders linebacker Anthony McClanahan (1995-98) says he is auctioning his Grey Cup ring to raise money to aid hurricane Katrina relief programs.

The California native said his 1998 ring, earned in a 26-24 win over Hamilton, will go to the highest bidder along with a variety of other memorabilia from his college days at Washington State.

McClanahan said the items will be posted on his website anthonymcclanahan.com starting Monday, Sept. 26.

"I'm going to put it online and take bids on my own website," McClanahan, 34, said over the phone from Washington.

"I lost some family and friends in the hurricane."

McClanahan, who now works as a sports agent, said he will also make available a couple of college rings, jerseys and a helmet.

Precious championship rings are rarely sold by athletes, adding to their value among collectors, although McClanahan said he isn't concerned about giving up the items.

"It's never a tough decision when people are dying," said McClanahan, adding he has planned seven golf tournaments over the next seven weeks to raise additional funds.

WILKINS SETTLES IN: Terrence Wilkins is beginning to settle into his role with the Stampeders.

The import receiver was named special teams player of the week after returning eight punts for 80 yards Saturday in Hamilton along with a pair of kickoffs for 62.

"As the weeks go on, we're building a chemistry together, going over plays and now it's getting better every week," said Wilkins, who arrived in camp less than three weeks ago. "The guys are getting confidence in me and I'm getting confidence in them. We're starting to gel together."

Wilkins, 30, spent five seasons in the NFL with stints in St. Louis and Indianapolis but had been out of football for two seasons.

"It just takes a little while to get going after you've been away,"

Wilkins said.

SCHOOL TIES: Stampeders president Ted Hellard announced the team has launched Stampeder Horsepower 101, the Rogers College Zone, a designated section for all college students from Southern Alberta for each of the four remaining home games.

"Calgary is a very young city, full of thousands of college students from all across the country," Hellard said in a statement.

"We want to give them the opportunity to experience an entertaining game of CFL football. By having this Rogers College Zone, it allows them to do so at an affordable price and in the company of other young college students."

Tickets are available for only $15 and are subject to availability. In order to receive the discount, college students must show their student ID card.

Tickets are available at the Stampeders ticket office, located on the east side of McMahon Stadium, Mount Royal College (Copy Write) and at SAIT (Student Services Center MC107).


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