Receiver comes full circle

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Terry Vaughn may have spent more time on other teams, but he started as a Calgary Stampeder and that's how he wanted to finish.

Vaughn's illustrious CFL ends where it began after signing a one-day contract with the Stamps and officially retiring.

"I always had a good relationship there," said Vaughn, who played for the Stamps from 1995-98 before moving on to the Edmonton Eskimos.

"I always thought I should have continued my career there. I never thought I should have left.

"Me and Wally Buono joke now about how he thinks letting me go was one of the biggest mistakes he ever made. That's where my career started and where I grew up."

Vaughn left Calgary and went to the Edmonton Eskimos where he spent six seasons before playing one campaign each with Montreal and Hamilton.

He finished with 1,006 receptions for 13,746 yards and 73 touchdowns.

He won the Grey Cup with the Stamps in 1998 and helped the Eskimos win it in 2003.

Although Vaughn wasn't big -- just 5-ft.-8, 170-lb. -- he was one of the toughest players to bring down in the open field.

There's no way to measure it, but his yards-after-catch may be the most in history because he wasn't a deep threat and played mostly in the middle of the field.

That ability came from the idea he had to prove himself on every play.

"I really believe there were guys more physically gifted than me but, mentally, there was nobody better than me in my mind," Vaughn said.

"I don't think there was anyone more mentally tough than me and that made me succeed. I couldn't be broken. My mind allowed me to great things on the field.

"At an early age playing football, I was a running back and I took that mentality. I was a big fan of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

"That was football. I just brought that to receiver. You are supposed to fight for every yard and never go out of bounds."

Vaughn was going to come back again this season for a 13th season and shoot for Allen Pitts' career yardage mark but didn't feel he has anything left to prove.

The Arizona product certainly doesn't.

He already has the record for most receptions and consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, numbers sure to get him into the Hall of Fame.


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