Top Stamps rookies fit to be pied

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET

Brandon Browner was so excited about the Calgary Stampeders rookie award, he was already making plans to spend the money.

Rob Cote and Jon Cornish made a deal they would take one another on a trip if they won the prize.

It turns out they were all fooled, as Cornish and Browner were named the team's co-rookies of the year and got the real prize in front of the entire team: A pie in the face.

Veteran lineman Jay McNeil made the fake announcement, getting Browner and Cornish excited about a free WestJet trip and $2,000 spending money courtesy of president Ted Hellard.

"I've often been the butt of the jokes, so this is not new for me," said Cornish, a rookie Canadian running back.

"This is literally the creme de la creme. I'm used to having stuff done to me, now I get the pie in the face.

"But if I have my teammates' attention, I am definitely doing something right."

The award is voted on by the players and carries a lot of meaning to Browner, who was denied eligibility for the CFL's award because he spent a season on the Denver Broncos injured reserve list.

He fell hard for the joke in part because past winner Sandro DeAngelis was constantly telling stories about his trip to Mexico after winning the 2005 award.

"When I heard about the $2,000, I started clinching my hands thanking God," Browner said. "If this was voted on by teammates, it makes me feel good that I'm worthy. It was a good joke. I will be getting somebody back next year."

Because Browner is ineligible for the league award, the local chapter of the Football Reporters of Canada nominated defensive end Tearrius George instead.


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