Perry getting revenge on Stamps

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

It wasn't right, said Fred.

The Calgary Stampeders never gave him a chance.

And the CFL club has paid for it ever since Fred Perry was cut and picked up by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The rush end didn't fit into Denny Creehan's three-four defence and didn't make it out of the 2004 training camp in Calgary.

So, Perry has saved his best efforts for when he faces the Stamps, including last week when he sacked quarterback Henry Burris three times in a 19-9 victory.

He's fired up again for when the 'Riders invade McMahon Stadium tonight for the rematch (5 p.m., CBC, subject to blackout).

"I'm definitely doing that," said the 31-year-old. "When I was here in Calgary, the position I was supposed to play wasn't there and they put me at linebacker.

"They switched me back and forth between the line and linebacker and it didn't work.

"I have to make them pay for it. I felt like I didn't get a fair shot.

"They were moving me around a bit and it didn't work. So I have a grudge against them."

Only a few people remain from Perry's short stint with the Stamps in 2004, when Matt Dunigan was the head coach.

Dunigan acquired Perry in the trade with Ottawa that also brought in John Grace.

Once Perry arrived, it was quite clear there was no place for him in Creehan's defence, which favours linebackers as the blitz men instead of rush ends.

He was one of the final cuts that season and couldn't find another job until the following spring when the Roughriders gave him a shot.

After a year spent working out at home in Fort Smith, Ark., Perry returned to Canada with a chip on his shoulder.

He led the 'Riders last season with a career-high 11 sacks.

"It took a little while to catch on and I had my doubts," Perry said. "I gave (Roughriders GM) Roy Shivers a call to bug him because he tried to get me before when I was in Ottawa. I made the best of it."

Perry did a great job last week bringing down Burris twice while he was trying to break the pocket.

But he said he isn't finished yet and has told Burris to put his running shoes on tonight.

"I desperately want to win the season series against Calgary," he said. "That's what I'm looking at right now. We're trying to get to the top."


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