Copeland hits century

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The century mark is always important for receivers, but Jeremaine Copeland is hitting an even more special 100 by suiting up today.

And it's fitting that Copeland is playing his 100th straight CFL game against his former team, the Montreal Alouettes (11 a.m., TSN).

"It is huge," said the nine-year veteran receiver. "Underline this: It is a blessing.

"There are so many people who don't make it anywhere near that. With injuries or so many other things that can keep you out, even for just one game.

"It's been a blessing to me to stay healthy. I'm look forward to keeping going."

It was in Montreal that Copeland learned how hard work and consistency is just as imporant as big plays and flashy touchdown celebrations.

By watching future Hall-of-Famers Anthony Calvillo and Ben Cahoon, the 32-year-old Copeland learned the dedication it took to play each week.

Both Calvillo and Cahoon were in the midst of 100-game iron-man streaks when Copeland left Montreal to sign with Calgary as a free agent in 2005.

"With AC and Ben, those were two guys I respected when I came into the league," Copeland said about two players he will face again today.

"I remember when I first met them and I first played with them, you could see a difference in them through the rest of the team."

One thing that hardly gets recognized in the CFL is consistency over a long period of time.

Had the Stamps known in 2005 Copeland would suit up for every single game five seasons later, his price tage would be considered a bargain.

Just like running back Joffrey Reynolds, who hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2004 (he was rested in the 2007 season finale), Copeland's ability to carry on without adversity is often overlooked.

"It should get way more credit than it gets," Copeland said.


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