Retiring Calgary Stampeders centre Jamie Crysdale was honoured at halftime of yesterday's 43-23 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in an moving farewell for the 13-year veteran.
"It was definitely very emotional," said Crysdale, who was presented with a framed No. 67 Stamps jersey along with a family vacation.
Wife Adrienne along with children Thomas, Grace and Annabella were also on hand for the celebration.
"I don't think it's really hit that I won't be stepping on this field and putting my uniform on anymore," Crysdale said.
"I'm very happy and impressed with what the franchise did to just say thank-you for 13 years."
The presentation included a video tribute with remarks from former teammates Dave Dickenson, Jeff Garcia and former coach Wally Buono.
Crysdale also addressed the 31,017 spectators on hand at McMahon Stadium, providing an emotional lift as the Stampeders returned for the second half.
Crysdale won a pair of Grey Cups in Calgary in 1998 and 2001, although a knee injury has forced him to the sidelines this season.
The 11-7 Stamps clinched second place in the CFL West yesterday leaving Crysdale a nervous spectator for the playoffs.
"That is a frustrating part about it but I'm happy to cheer them on and try to help them out anyway I can," Crysdale said.
"I would love to take credit for giving them an emotional boost but I think it was more the Edmonton-Calgary rivalry and the guys really came out and responded.
"They knew how important this game was and the rest of the way, you win your games and you control your own destiny.
"I really think the guys believe in that and believe they can beat anybody. It's going to be a great game here next Sunday."