Still pumped about Cup

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Even almost a month later, Markus Howell is still basking in the glow of winning his first Grey Cup.

Not to mention that his first child (daughter) is on the way, due Feb. 4, 2009.

"It's been a big year for me," the Calgary Stampeders kick returner/wide receiver said yesterday.

His first CFL championship was a long time coming.

"You're excited, you cry, you're emotional, you're hugging everybody," Howell said. "It was a weight lifted off my back.

"Then it's all over and you get back to Calgary and see all those fans waiting for you and they pick you up and it starts all over again. Then you get home (Winnipeg) to your family and it starts all over again. It's been wild, man."

Howell had his first chance to win the Cup when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost to Calgary in 2001 in Montreal.

"When I was with the Bombers, we lost to Calgary by eight points in Montreal. This year, we won by eight points in Montreal -- with Calgary. It's wild."

Now he's getting greedy.

"I've still got a lot of juice left in me after winning the first one," he said. "I want to get another one now."

However, Howell is about to become a free agent on Feb. 15.

"I want to be back in Calgary and I believe they want me back," said Howell, 33. "I'm the only Canadian kick returner in the league and it's a young team with an energetic coaching staff. And the Grey Cup is in Calgary next year."

Should Howell become available, he may draw some interest from Winnipeg. Bombers director of player personnel Brendan Taman has said several times in the past that he regretted losing Howell when he signed as a free agent with Ottawa in 2005.

"Winnipeg's got the talent," Howell said. "They beat us. Only three teams beat us last year and Winnipeg was one of them. It's just about getting all the boys on one page."


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