Kelly has one ring; he wants another

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

CALGARY -- Ben Kelly's Super Bowl ring was stashed in the glove compartment of his car this week.

It seemed like a risky move - and after revealing his hiding spot yesterday he quickly decided to move the ring elsewhere.

Regardless, the Stampeder cornerback had his ring shipped north this fall because people had been asking to see it.

"Now I want to get me one of those Grey Cup rings," said Kelly, a member of the New England Patriots when they beat the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2002. "I don't know how many people have a Super Bowl ring and a Grey Cup ring, but I want to join the club if there is a club."

Kelly has a legitimate chance to score the rare double because the Stampeder secondary is playing incredibly well.

It's a secondary that has become a key reason for Calgary's surging run of seven wins in eight games entering this afternoon's West semifinal against Edmonton.

The five-man crew made Ricky Ray's life miserable last Sunday in the final regular-season game, making three picks and taking one for a touchdown.

It was a phenomenal performance, considering not one member of this secondary played on the same team last year.

Jermaine Chatman was working on the docks in California last fall, unloading cars for Toyota. Trey Young and Coby Rhinehart were also out of football. Kelly was adding the Arena Football League to his resume. Joey Boese was the only player with the Stamps.

If that wasn't enough - having to gel as a unit - this secondary was hammered with injuries after camp broke. Kelly suffered a groin strain, Boese had a hamstring problem and Chatman busted his jaw on a wicked, blindside hit by Lions slotback Jason Clermont.

"I was out five weeks and had my mouth wired shut," said Chatman, who's recovered. "A lot of people were making fun of me, trying to understand what I was saying."

But Chatman was the one laughing last Sunday, picking Ray in the third quarter and sprinting 67 yards for the TD that sealed Calgary's 43-23 win to give the Stamps home-field advantage today.

"It could have got real ugly (last Sunday) because we didn't really get any great pressure on the quarterback," said DE Rahim Abdullah.

"I take my hat off to those guys (in the secondary)."

A repeat performance today and Kelly is two steps away from getting another ring.


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