Legend will prime Stamps for Argos

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Alondra Johnson and Terry Vaughn will lead the Calgary Stampeders out of the helmet tonight, but the two retiring players may have to play a bigger role.

Head coach Tom Higgins wants the duo, who signed one-day contracts and will retire as Stamps, to give a pre-game pep talk to his beleaguered bunch.

"The biggest thing I would say is to play with a lot of heart, passion and emotion," Johnson said yesterday during the news conference when he donned his old No. 51.

"I would tell them to do their best, not worry about mistakes and show what you're made of. Those guys are struggling, but in pro football, you will struggle. It's how you respond to adversity that shows the character of the team."

Higgins said he addressed the team several times this week about forgetting the past two blowout losses to Saskatchewan and Toronto.

He now just wants to let them loose on the field, but also hopes they can be inspired by seeing Johnson and Vaughn.

"The talk to the team has already been done," Higgins said. "This can be a very special day for us because we are honouring two special players, who remind us how important it is to be a member of the Calgary Stampeders."

Johnson was getting close to tears talking about the opportunity the Stampeders have given him tonight.

"This is something I will cherish for the rest of my life," Johnson said.

"It's quite special. I will probably get a little emotional, but I was an emotional player and I showed it."

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Michael (Pinball) Clemons said it is meant to be that Mike McMahon would make his first CFL start tonight.

It is McMahon Stadium, after all.

"It's kind of funny, we'll see how nice it is after tomorrow night," McMahon said.


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