Friends to the end

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:25 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The first person to give Henry Burris a pat on the back for his performance last Sunday was the losing quarterback.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers pivot Kevin Glenn interupted Burris' interviews on the turf at McMahon Stadium to offer friendly praise after a 38-25 loss.

However, if Glenn throws five touchdowns tonight during the rematch at Canad Inns Stadium (6 p.m., TSN), expect the Calgary Stampeders quarterback to offer a congratulatory hug to his Bombers counterpart.

Burris and Glenn are great friends because they were teammates in Saskatchewan four years ago, but the relationship goes deeper than that.

The pivots were backups to Nealon Greene back in 2003, were told by Roughriders management they weren't in the league's elite, then left to lead other teams.

Roy Shivers and Danny Barrett traded Glenn away after the '03 campaign, and Burris left as a free agent following the 20004 season.

They faced similar adversities and have overcome in equally similar fashion.

"We were the ones who were pushed aside and we had to go other places to continue with our careers," said Burris, who is a game-time decision tonight because of soreness in his left shoulder.

"To see Kevin having success, no one is happier for him than me. He's really been criticized throughout his career that he can't do this or that.

"Now he's probably the most-successful QB in the league."

Glenn and Burris rank one-two in passing yards this season, while their respective clubs have similar records, although the Blue Bombers are in first place in the East Division.

Coming into this season, both pivots had to prove they had taken steps forward. They both have responded.

Glenn is on pace for the best statistical year in Bombers history, with Khari Jones' passing yards mark in sight, while Burris is set to surpass Dave Dickenson's and Jeff Garcia's best seasons for passing TDs.

Their years are so similar to the point where they both suffered injuries at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Glenn didn't miss any action from a sprained knee, but Burris was out two games with a shoulder injury.

Glenn was one of the first people to text-message Burris a get-well wish the night he suffered what was thought to be a season-threatening injury.

Burris is impressed with how Glenn fought through his knee problem, and that motivated him to get past a dislocated shoulder.

"It shows what type of warrior he is," Burris said. "You have to tip your hat off to him. He will help that team make a lot of noise and get into the Grey Cup. I have a lot of respect for him."


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