Marc Boerigter is a gamer, exemplified by his 2001 Grey Cup ring and four NFL seasons on his resume.
So his addition to the Calgary Stampeders roster means plenty come kickoff time, but just as importantly is what the 28-year-old means to the team's character, an area head coach Tom Higgins admits was a bit thin this season.
"I'm a lot more excited now because, although
I knew we had him signed, I didn't know Marc's quality of character until I had spent time with him," Higgins said yesterday after unveiling the team's latest free agent.
"Now I feel even better about what he will be able to bring day-in and day-out in the locker-room, in the meeting room and on the practice field."
The Stamps will wait to hire a new offensive co-ordinator before assigning Boerigter to either the slotback or wide receiver position, changing the complexion of the unit for the 2007 season.
Boerigter played both spots during a two-year stint with the Stamps in 2000-01 after originally signing as a free agent out of tiny Hastings College in Nebraska.
The addition of the 6-ft. 3-in., 220-lb. pass catcher could make expendable either slotback Jeremaine Copeland, wide receiver Elijah Thurmon or wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo.
Copeland said yesterday he isn't concerned he may need to change position -- or even change teams.
"I'm pretty sure I'll stay at slotback and we'll try (Boerigter) outside," he said. "(Team brass) pretty much broke it down and said: 'Don't be worried too much and don't look too much into it.' "
While most Stampeders fans remember Boerigter best for his 68-yard TD catch in the 2001 Grey Cup game, his greatest feat may have been eclipsing 1,000 yards in his rookie season in 2000.
That year he stood out within a receiving corps that boasted the likes of Allen Pitts, Travis Moore and Vince Danielson.
"This is a person who might help us get over that hump, teach us the lessons," said Higgins.
Veteran o-lineman Jay McNeil agrees: "(Boerigter's) a good character guy in the locker-room and you can never have too many of those."