George no longer living up to his nickname

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

When Tearrius George signed on for a second stint in the Stampede City, he never imagined hed be saddled with a nickname like this.

Then again, youd be hard-pressed to find a person in any workplace, let alone the testosterone-charged world of pro football, who would embrace a handle like Cant Get Right.

When I came back from the NFL, coming back to the CFL and getting adjusted to everything, to all the running and the pass-motions and everything, (defensive lineman DeVone Claybrooks) was just nagging me and picking on me about it, so thats the nickname he gave me, George said.

Its a progression. Theres still stuff that I dont want to say Im learning, but Im getting used to week by week by week that I get better at. And theres certain things coaches nag on me about you know what I mean, to get right that Ive gotta change.

Nicknames have a tendency to stick like glue, but you get the feeling George could rid himself of the unwelcome alias with a solid stat line in Sundays divisional semifinal against the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium.

According to Claybrooks, George has already proven to his Stamps teammates he can get right. The name, though, will likely stick.

Were not going to just let it go, Claybrooks said. Its just like them calling me

Biscuit or Headquarters because Ive got a big head I just cant get rid of it. So its not going anywhere soon, thats for sure.

George led the Horsemen with eight sacks in 2007, catching the eye of NFL scouts and eventually embarking on a two-year southern sojourn that included stops in Dallas, New Orleans and Miami.

He returned to McMahon Stadium on the same day as Philadelphia Eagles training camp casualty Charleston Hughes, giving the Stamps a potential sack-machine on both corners of their retooled defensive line.

While Hughes made an instant impact, recording two sacks in each of his first three contests, its been a slow transition for George. The former Kansas State star has just one sack and one fumble recovery in eight outings since returning to three-down football.

Its two totally different games, George said. I think everybody looks at the talent level and how much you get paid and who drives a Bentley, and they think its supposed to be (easy).

Its very, very different. The CFL is a lot of quick motions, everybody is fast, the field is way, way bigger. Its more cat and mouse. The NFL is more direct and head-on, but here, its shootin and running, and youve gotta get used to that.

Now is the time. After all, George doesnt want to be remembered simply as the guy fingered for pyramiding, a penalty foreign to most CFL followers until he was accused of jumping off the back of a teammate to block a convert in a 44-44 stalemate with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

This is where its a little saying we say the ballers show up to ball. This is where you come to play, George said. The playoffs, this is what we spend all off-season for, all season, all the working out, all the running, everything is for this time right now.

This is a pretty big thing, man. If you can go out here and make big plays then most definitely, I think, youll be remembered more for the playoffs than anything else.


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