Stamps receiver showered with attention

Calgary Stampeders receiver Romby Bryant practises at McMahon Stadium yesterday. The Stamps face...

Calgary Stampeders receiver Romby Bryant practises at McMahon Stadium yesterday. The Stamps face the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bryant's former team, Saturday night. AL CHAREST/Calgary Sun

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

If you think Romby Bryant looked quick beating the coverage for his 67-yard touchdown last game against Saskatchewan, watch him race to the dressing room after practice.

“He’s fast on the field, but even faster with the transition from practice to getting out that door,” said fellow Calgary Stampeders receiver Arjei Franklin. “But that’s Romby. That’s him.”

Bryant — whose performance in the 40-20 win over the Roughriders Saturday consisted of seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns — is a speed demon when practices and games are done.

Before many of his teammates have managed to even cut the tape wrapping their ankles, Bryant has already showered and changed into street clothes.

Some would see it as being aloof, but his teammates don’t.

“He’s a hard worker. Watch him on the field. He gives his all. But when he’s done, he’s done,” Franklin said. “He doesn’t like to wait around that much.”

Bryant, who hails from Oklahoma City and went to college in Tulsa, said it’s mainly a case of not wanting to miss the hot water.

“I just like to get showered before meetings,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “We have meetings right after practice, so I like to get in there and get showered, not after the meetings when everybody’s in there and you have to wait.”

Waiting usually brings anticipation, but Bryant won’t allow himself to be accused of treating the next game any differently, even though it’s against his former team — the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He said facing the Blue Bombers Saturday night at McMahon Stadium is no different than facing Saskatchewan or Montreal.

“I know people on Montreal’s team, too,” replied Bryant, who leads Calgary’s pass-catchers with 327 receiving yards and four touchdowns. “It’s a different coach, different staff. There’s more new players than old players, so it’s a different team.”

Curiously, another party from last season’s trade may also take the field. Receiver Jabari Arthur, who was released by Winnipeg earlier this month, looks like he’ll suit up for Calgary.

Arthur, who hasn’t played a game since the 2008 Grey Cup win, was dealt to the Bombers along with returner Titus Ryan, defensive lineman Odell Willis, offensive lineman Derek Armstrong and a pair of draft picks.

Ryan signed with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in the off-season, Armstrong retired and the draft picks are University of Calgary running back Anthony Woodson and defensive lineman Christopher Greaves.

Willis left the Blue Bombers Tuesday due to “personal reasons,” and it’s looking less likely he’ll play.

Arthur isn’t a sure thing to see the field against Winnipeg, but Franklin is a great bet.

“It’s almost like playing your brother. You don’t want to lose to your brother,” Franklin said. “There’s pride on the line, to get that win, but at the end of the day, it’s another football game and we’ve got to win it, period.”


Videos

Photos