Sandro gets kick out of fans

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

He stood up to speak yesterday to chants of 'Sandro, Sandro,' and he appreciated the ovation.

But it may be Sandro DeAngelis' final public appearance in Calgary.

The Calgary Stampeders kicker thanked the fans for their support yesterday as the team held a Grey Cup rally downtown at Olympic Plaza.

However, the CFL's most accurate kicker of all-time is heading into his option year and will test the NFL market.

Overall, it was an emotional day for the Little Italian from Niagara Falls, Ont., who Sunday was named the Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Canadian.

"I can speak on behalf of teammates to say this is something we've dreamt of our entire lives," DeAngelis told the crowd of about 12,000.

"This is one of the greatest experiences of my life. I know this sounds cliche -- you win as a team, but you also win with your fans.

"We cannot begin to thank you for packing McMahon and sticking with us through the tough times. This is the best season of my life, and I hope you guys feel the same."

It may only be another few weeks that DeAngelis is officially a Stampeder.

The 27-year-old can start fielding offers in mid-December. With how impressive his CFL numbers are, it would be foolish to think somebody isn't going to give him a shot somewhere.

Kicking is kicking and DeAngelis does it as well as anyone.

He may end up being the hardest player to replace next season if he's not back by the time training camp starts in June.

"My future here is up in the air," DeAngelis said yesterday.

"I have a little voice inside my head asking what the next challenge is.

"I'm going to try my luck in the NFL, and we'll see what happens. If it works out, super. But if not, I'll be back here.

"I'm the happiest guy playing for the Stamps, but as an athlete, you have a voice telling you 'what's next'?

"I have a new goal, and I'm going to try and reach it.


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