Stamps' Burris just wants to 'win games'

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

Henry Burris has seen this scenario before, and it didn’t work out for him the first time around.

As the leader of the West Division winner, Burris is nominated for the team’s most outstanding player award.

He’s the runaway favourite to reach the final two and face the East Division’s top player.

Just like 2008, when Burris led the 13-5 Stamps into the Grey Cup, he doesn’t expect to win the CFL MOP award.

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, winner of two straight MOP awards, is again the favourite.

But Burris doesn’t blame the Football Reporters of Canada voters in the West.

“The Eastern media think a football is a round puck still,” Burris said Wednesday after practice. “Until they get their brains right, I’m (applauding) the Western media.

“Last year rubbed it in more when people said Montreal was the best team. They were last year, so people said they deserved all the awards. Calgary was the best team in 2008, so why didn’t we win all the awards?

“I don’t get into the hoopla. We know how the media is in the East. Our job out here is to win games.”

Heading into the final week’s games, Burris has 37 touchdowns to lead the CFL and needs just 110 yards to top 5,000 for the second time in his career.

His numbers would be more impressive if not for blowout wins when he was pulled for backup Drew Tate, who has five TDs passes. The Stamps (12-5) have the top offence in the CFL and can finish with the most wins, so Burris hopes that’s enough for voters.

“Who knows what can happen,” Burris said. “We have had an excellent season until this point. We’ve had a couple of lulls here and there, but we’ve bounced back accordingly. We’ve done the things we needed to be successful. Our passing game has taken some steps, as well.”


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