Halfbacks come full circle

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

Donny Brady is known for always lurking in the backfield, ready to strike at any moment.

Joey Boese thinks of the Edmonton Eskimos halfback differently.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive back remembers Brady lurking in the back of the Wisconsin Badgers meeting room, ready to offer advice at any time.

When Boese was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Brady was an alumnus who trained with the team after a long NFL stint.

Brady, who is seven years older than Boese, became a de facto coach for the future CFL starter.

"When you get a player's perspective, a lot of times it's better than a coach," Boese said yesterday as the Stamps prepared to host Edmonton in the CFL West semifinal tomorrow (4 p.m., CBC-TV, QR77).

"He was more in tune with the little details. He would take me aside and say, 'When this happens, you look for this.' I learned a lot from Donny my first year in college."

Since joining the Stamps in 2003, Boese has received a helping hand from Brady when the two teams cross paths.

Both players are solid at halfback, a position difficult for Americans to learn because it doesn't really exist in 11-man football.

Brady has respect for his former pupil.

"He was a great kid and I still think he is a great guy and great competitor," Brady said.

"He loves the game and he is a Badger at heart. You have to respect him."

The Stamps receivers have to solve Brady for a second straight week, which Boese doesn't think will be easy.

"He's a physical guy. He's one of the best DBs in this league as far as I'm concerned," Boese said. "He's been a good friend and I wish him the best but I want to win this game more than anything."


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