Armour itchin' to shine

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Other than hoisting the Grey Cup, JoJuan Armour says the most memorable moment of his stint with the Calgary Stampeders was "putting a whipping on Hamilton, because that's the team I was with before I was in Calgary."

That pretty much sums up how the veteran linebacker feels about making his return to play the Stamps at McMahon Stadium Friday as a member of the CFL's B.C. Lions.

"I'm excited. It's always good to play against a team that didn't want you," Armour said. "I just want to show that they let one get away, for whatever reason. Things happen in football, but I'm just glad to have the opportunity to show I'm one that they let get away."

Armour was the emotional leader of the Stamps defensive unit last season, but he was released after tossing a teammate to the turf during a training camp session in late June.

The 33-year-old signed with the Lions Aug. 3 and has racked up 26 defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks and one pass knockdown in five outings.

He wasn't going to give the Stamps any bulletin board material ahead of his first visit to McMahon Stadium since he was cut loose.

"As a player, you have to just deal with change all the time," Armour said. "For whatever reason, they wanted to go in a different direction. I just wish they would've been honest about that from the start.

"They could've given me a better explanation, as opposed to just saying I'm too aggressive ... The explanation I was given wasn't good enough for me, but that's just the nature of the business. You just have to adjust and move on, and I'm at the point now where I've moved on."

With a win last weekend over the Toronto Argonauts, the Lions improved to 5-6.

The Stamps, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are locked in a first-place logjam at 6-5 in the West Division, and Armour is licking his chops at the thought of shaking up the race this week.

"Getting back in the hunt for first place is more important than anything," Armour said. "And it would just be good to come into my old house and get one."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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