Burris wants second helping

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

No. 1 has put a number to this year's theme: Two.

When Henry Burris was given the Presidents' Ring yesterday for his leadership and dedication to the Calgary Stampeders, the quarterback laid out his plans for this season.

It's dealing with the number two.

"We had our second child (Barron). It's the second year in a row I'm thankful to my teammates for voting for me," Burris said yesterday at a luncheon in his honour.

"We have a chance to do something great that involves another two. It's the second time that Calgary will host the Grey Cup this decade. This is the second time the Stamps have a chance at repeating as Grey Cup champs.

"For this year, nobody is looking back to last year. We're all happy about what happened last season, but we're looking forward to this season. Everybody is still hungry.

"We didn't feel we played our best game in the Grey Cup. I know this team isn't satisfied yet."

Those must be scary words for those around the CFL.

Following a career-best 39 touchdowns in the regular season, Burris turned it up another notch in the playoffs.

He was named the Grey Cup MVP for leading the Stamps over the Montreal Alouettes on their home turf at Olympic Stadium.

Now, the Stamps will host, and they have two huge challenges.

No team in the CFL has won at home since 1994 when the B.C. Lions beat the Baltimore Stallions.

No team in the CFL has repeated as champions since 1997, when Doug Flutie was the star of back-to-back Toronto Argonauts victories.

But Burris feels his team has more to prove, despite winning everything possible except the most outstanding player award a year ago.

"We know it will take a lot of hard work," Burris said. "Repeating is something very few teams get to do."

Burris doesn't seem to have enough fingers for all his rings. The Stamps will get theirs for the Grey Cup win in the first week of training camp, and he has two straight Presidents' Rings.

"It will be a quick flashback," Burris said about getting the Cup keepsake.

"Guys will sit back and look at the rings, analyse them ... but everyone knows we have a chance to win two."

Burris and three-year-old son Armand ate Fruit Loops out of the Grey Cup this off-season. He also pointed out where the Burris name was from the '98 Stamps victory.

That was before the new plate with the names of the 42 active players from 2008 was attached to it.

"It's truly something special that will live on for years," Burris said.

"My wife and family and my kids' children will be able to look at it -- and hopefully see it three times."


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