Commissiong's comeback plan gets early kickstart

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 4:29 AM ET

Gerald Commissiong went from CEO to PR yesterday.

Last week, the Calgary Stampeders put out an emergency call to Commissiong, a fullback who retired before the 2008 season to start a biotechnology company.

The 27-year-old was hoping to make a CFL comeback in 2010, but with an ankle injury keeping Teyo Johnson out, the Stamps needed some depth now. It just so happens the company Commissiong founded (now called Amarantus Therapeutics) hired Martin D. Cleary to be the new CEO, which freed up his return to the team.

"He's taking over my role," said Commissiong, who was put on the practice roster. "Now is a good time. It was going to be slow for the next month or so."

Although it's been two calendar years since Commissiong played in a game, he feels ready to step into the lineup if he's needed.

"One of the reasons I'm in decent shape is I was starting to train for next year," Commissiong said. "I was thinking about that, but this kind of came up. When you have an opportunity like this, you have to take it.

"I'm not in game-ready shape, but I can do what they want me to do."

Since leaving the Stamps, Commissiong was living in the San Jose area, got married and had his first child. To say the call came out of the blue would be an understatement.

"I was in the middle of a meeting. I ignored the first call, but the guy I was with told me to get it," Commissiong said. "I picked up the second call and (player personnel director Jim) Barker asked me what my status was. We talked about it for a little while. I decided it was something I wanted to do."

H1N1 SHOTS PLANNED

While hundreds of Calgarians are waiting in line for H1N1 flu vaccines, the Stampeders are just waiting to get theirs from their own physician.

Stamps trainer Pat Clayton said the team completed the seasonal shots and will offer everyone in the organization the H1N1 vaccine in due time.

"The Calgary Health Region is cognizant everyone has equal access," Clayton said. "We agree with that, and we don't want to jump any lines."

The Stamps have no cases of the flu at this time.


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