Chasin' a legend

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Smilin' Hank may have one more thing to grin about after tomorrow's game.

Henry Burris is 239 yards away from surpassing Doug Flutie's club record of 20,551 career passing yards.

'SOMETHING SPECIAL'

"I really didn't even know about it. Just to hear about it, it's something special," said Burris, who is third in passing yards this season behind Ricky Ray and league leader Anthony Calvillo. "It's something definitely down the road after the career is over and everything -- not to worry about wins and losses and executing and all that type of stuff -- I'll definitely reflect back on with my family and friends and teammates.

"Doug was a heck of a player, a heck of a competitor and a guy that I looked up to in many ways. I saw him play in Boston College, in the NFL and also here in the CFL. He's a guy that definitely helped pave the way for players like myself."

Edmonton would be an appropriate place to accomplish the feat.

"The fact that on the opposite sideline is a guy named Ricky Ray who broke Warren Moon's records here with the Eskimos, so that says a lot about the guys who played before us," said Burris.

"Edmonton's always had great quarterbacks as well as Calgary has and we're pretty much the next two pioneers kind of leading the way for the future.

"To see what he did to break Warren Moon's records and for me to be on the doorstep of surpassing Doug Flutie is truly special as far as the hard work that we've done and also the great players we've had with us."

Burris enters tonight's game with 29,356 yards.

Ray, who is turning 30 this year, has 29,163 yards in three fewer seasons than the 34-year-old Burris.

But Ray's focus isn't on big numbers in today's game, it's about cutting back on mistakes.

"That's always the battle out there, to go out there and try and be perfect on every play," he said. "Take it one play at a time, you're not going to be perfect but hopefully we just take that attitude - just take it one play at a time - and try and get your job done."

Today, Ray's job will be making quick reads on what Calgary's defence is trying to sell.

"They're a good defence. They do a lot of different things, they mix it up very well. A lot of pressure, bringing one more than you can block so you've got to get the ball out of your hands as a quarterback.

"Then they'll drop nine guys and play zone defence. It's kind of feast or famine for those guys."

The one thing Burris definitely has in his favour today is the fact that the Eskimos have yet to record an interception so far this season.

'ZERO?'

"Zero?" he said. "That's pretty surprising because you look at some of the guys they have in that defensive backfield with (Jason) Goss -- Goss every year has been one of the interception leaders in the league. Of course from the film I watched I definitely didn't see many, but they're always in position to make plays.

"Hopefully we can get through the game and do what it takes to keep it that way."


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