Fame game aim for Reynolds

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

Joffrey Reynolds doesn't know much about Willie Burden, except for the fact he can see his name and number every day.

Burden spent eight years with the Calgary Stampeders, racking up 6,234 yards during an outstanding career that earned him Wall-of-Fame honours at McMahon Stadium and a place in the CFL Hall of Fame.

But in 23 fewer games, Reynolds has passed Burden on the Stamps' franchise list.

That is some heady company, and despite being unaware about Burden's achievements, Reynolds is excited to be mentioned in the same breath at Burden.

"When you get compared to players who were great, it's everything you work for," said Reynolds. "You want to be the best and be up there with the best. Those are benchmarks you shoot for."

Unless Reynolds starts to slow down, he will set the mark all other Stamps running backs will be chasing.

Right now, Reynolds would need two more seasons to pass Kelvin Anderson, a player he most resembles in terms of being an all-around package.

Like Anderson, Reynolds is consistent in all phases of the job and is hard to replace because he does so many things well.

Anderson finished his seven-year stint with the Stamps with 8,292 yards, and, when pressed, Reynolds admits to wanting to break his records.

"I have heard a lot about Kelvin Anderson," Reynolds said. "To me, it's a work in progress. I don't look much at records until somebody brings them up to you.

"It's something I reflect more on after the season or after your career much more.

"It's something that you can talk about for a minute, then you focus on getting ready for the next opponent, which is Saskatchewan."

Reynolds had a bit of a slow start to the season, but that had as much to do with the team's struggles as his own.

Through the first three games, Reynolds only had rushing totals of 19, 58 and 20, although the latter one came in a game in which he scored two touchdowns.

But last week, he broke out against the B.C. Lions. With the benefit of turnovers and a lead heading into the second quarter, Reynolds ran for 131 yards on 17 carries.

He also hit the endzone another two times to up his CFL-leading touchdown total to six.

Now come the Riders, who sit second-last in rushing defence.

"I'm looking at them on defence, and they have good players who play physical and fast," Reynolds said. "I don't think it's personnel (that's the problem). They've had turnovers and haven't been able to stay on the field on offence. They've had some field-position problems as we have."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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