Dimitri thrilled to suit up

SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

CALGARY -- If the rookie right guard had a bad case of nerves, his quarterback certainly didn't see it.

After the first offensive series Friday night at McMahon Stadium, Calgary Stampeders pivot Henry Burris spotted a huge smile on Dimitri Tsoumpas' face.

"The kid came to the sidelines, and I asked him how it felt," said Burris following the 39-14 pounding of the Edmonton Eskimos in the preseason opener.

"He said, 'I'm loving it. I can't wait to get back out there.' "

Tsoumpas, the No. 2 selection in the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft, is an Edmonton native.

"It was good to see him enjoying himself," Burris continued.

"For him to play against his hometown team, it meant that much more to do what he did.

"We're happy for him, and it's good to have him on our team."

It almost didn't happen. Heading into the CFL draft, the Eskimos held the No. 2 pick and were all set to take Tsoumpas, who is from the so-called City of Champions.

But the Stamps pulled off a huge trade to get the second overall selection and chose Tsoumpas with it, which may turn out to be a steal.

"I was out there having fun, so if I was smiling, I couldn't help it," Tsoumpas said.

"It's kind of a dream. Most guys growing up, they dream about playing pro football.

"To come out and live that dream out, it's pretty significant.

"There are a lot of emotions running high.

"It was great to be in the pads, wearing the uniform and being able to play."


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