Grey-t expectations

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

As Henry Burris was awarded one ring yesterday, he set his sights on acquiring another piece of jewellery.

During a luncheon at the Telus Convention Centre, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback was given the Presidents' Ring for his dedication and leadership, an honour voted on by the Stamps players.

In front of teammates, coaches and family members, Burris laid out what's most important to him in his football career, and that's bringing home a Grey Cup ring.

"I have many different families. I have a family at home (in Oklahoma), I have a family with me in Calgary and I have a football family," Burris said during his acceptance speech.

"We bless each other every day because we have each other's back. We're going to Montreal this year to bring home that Cup. We should have had it last year."

Burris won the award in a roller-coaster 2007 in which he was injured in the middle of an amazing hot streak.

When Burris started at QB for the Stamps last year, they went 7-6-1, but without him they were a dismal 0-4.

The veteran pivot said it's his goal to bring a title to Calgary before he retires, and he believes the Stamps have a good shot this season.

"Sometimes you need to go through some battles in order to win championships," Burris said. "We've been through our valley, so now it's time to hit the top of the mountain."

Before Burris was given the ring, a lengthy video featuring complimentary words from teammates and coaches was shown.

So when Smilin' Hank took the stage, he fought back tears.

"It was emotional. It takes me a lot to make me cry," Burris said. "I told my wife (Nicole) I was saving the next (cry) for a championship. I cried when we got married, I cried when (son) Armand was born, and the next one will be when we win a championship.

"I got close up there just hearing the guys says those things. To see the guys who have won it in the past, this is a dream come true to be the Presidents' Ring winner."


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