Although he’s a CFL newcomer, Jonathan Lowe doesn’t need much introduction to the rivalries.
When your father played nine seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, it’s a given there will be some bad blood with the Calgary Stampeders.
But Lowe wasn’t thinking much about that Tuesday when he signed as a receiver-kick returner with the Stamps.
After missing his final college season at Alabama due to an ankle injury, Lowe feels fortunate to get a chance in the CFL.
And his father, Eddie Lowe, who played with the Riders from 1983 through 1991 as a linebacker, couldn’t be more proud.
“His first thing was being excited for me,” Lowe said. “He’s happy I’m able to carry out the dream.
“The main thing he reminds me of is this long season. You have to be in great shape for 18 games.
“He’s really excited that I’m getting the opportunity.
I know he would have loved for me to be part of the Roughrider family, but sometimes thing happen differently.”
Lowe was just three years old when his father won the only Grey Cup championship of a storied nine-year career in Regina, so he doesn’t remember much about it.
After leaving the Riders, Eddie Lowe and his family went back to Phenix City, Ala., where he works as a banker.
According to his son, the member of the Roughriders’
Plaza of Honour doesn’t get too nostalgic about his playing days.
Outside of occasions such as the 20th anniversary party the Riders had last year that Eddie Lowe attended, it’s not brought up too much, nor does the Grey Cup ring get shown off often.
Eddie Lowe was described as an undersized but tenacious player who rarely missed practice — a skill taught to him by the legendary Bear Bryant at Alabama.
“He’s not a flashy person,” Jonathan said. “If you want to see the ring, you have to go look at it yourself. It’s been several years since he wore it.”
As a tailback and receiver, Lowe first went to Mississippi State before transferring to his father’s alma mater in 2006 and sitting out a season. He played the 2007 season with the Crimson Tide, but was sidelined with an injury.
Since then, he’s been working as a substitute teacher, staying in shape and waiting for a chance.
Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel told Lowe a year ago he would bring him in for a look and that time is now.
Lowe will compete for a job along with newly signed receivers Ronald Keels and Landan Talley.
“Coach Hufnagel held his word, and that means a lot to me,” said Lowe, who met the Stamps coaching staff at the free-agent camp in Florida.
“I’m grateful for them to offer me a contract. I feel kinda special for them to choose me and offer me the contract. I feel it’s my obligation to go into camp ready to work. I want to prove myself even more and not let them down.”
Lowe also has a family name to live up to.
“My father plays a big role in how I carry myself,” Jonathan said. “The hard part is when you become your own man is finding a way to do things that fits you.
“For the most part, my dad has played a huge role in my football experience and my love and passion for the game.”