When Javier Glatt scored his first CFL touchdown earlier this season, he took the football home for safe keeping.
The pigskin went from Regina to Vancouver but, this week, he finally gets to deliver it to his mother in Calgary, a little memento from all the support she gave the B.C. Lions linebacker over the years.
Glatt scored on an interception against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the souvenir ball joins the one he kept from the 2006 Grey Cup. He recovered a crucial fumble in the Lions victory but kept that ball for himself.
"There are only some things here and there that you can hang on to," said Glatt. "It's something I will cherish for a long time."
Glatt grew up in Calgary, playing bantam football with the Cowboys before moving on to a successful high school career with the St. Francis Browns, where he won the city title in each of his three seasons with the senior team.
From there, he went to UBC and was drafted by the Lions, where he played the last five seasons. Through all his football, his family has been extremely important, including older brother J.P. Izquierdo.
Being 12 years older, Izquierdo was Glatt's football hero while playing at the University of Calgary and then in the CFL for seven seasons.
"If you ask anyone from his high school football or basketball teams or at the U of C, they will remember seeing me around there all the time," Glatt said.
"I was pretty much with him at all times when he was in high school and university. He pretty much raised me, and I'm pretty thankful for that.
"I used to dress up every halloween as a University of Calgary football player, with full pads and helmet. I was definitely around the game a lot."
Izquierdo is now a coach at St. Francis, where he gives Glatt updates on his former team. They are still close friends, although Glatt hasn't been at a Browns game in years. From the time Glatt was a youngster, he wanted to follow his brother to the CFL, and now he's trying to live up to everything Izquierdo accomplished, such as winning three Grey Cups.
"It's really difficult to make it to the pros," Glatt said. "I always had a goal set out for myself. I always wanted to be the best at every level I was at. I'm happy to make it to the pros and be able to come back and play in my hometown at McMahon Stadium. I get to beat up on the Stamps whenever I do."