Justice Guice's job on football field

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:05 AM ET

CALGARY - Dudley Guice will have plenty of time to chase bad guys.

For now, the Calgary Stampeders receiver — a criminal justice major who’s nearly completed a Master’s degree in global terrorism — is preoccupied with chasing his dreams on the football field.

“It’s just one of those things that I know is going to be there. I have a good friend in the criminal justice field, and he said whenever I get done with my youthfulness side, he can take care of the rest,” Guice said.

“When I was little, I always thought about being in the law environment. It’s just one of those things where I’ve stuck with it since I was little. I’ve worked hard at it, and I want to pursue it when my football career is over with.

“I have a passion for football, and I have a passion for law enforcement but only when my career is over. By no means am I interested in getting to that point right now.”

Proof he’s serious about pigskin, Guice turned down an internship with the

FBI in 2009 and instead signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

The former Northwestern State-Louisiana standout also had a brief stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers two seasons ago before catching the eye of the Indianapolis Colts and earning a second crack at what he jokingly refers to as the ‘Not For Long’ League.

Guice suffered an elbow injury in training camp, ending his brief tenure as a target for superstar quarterback Peyton Manning.

“It’s just like with Henry (Burris) — you absorb as much knowledge as you can,” Guice said.

“Peyton is a great leader and just a great person. That was just a great opportunity

I had, and I made the best of it.”

After spending a season with the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock, Stamps director of player personnel John Murphy convinced Guice to come back to the Great White North.

The 6-foot-3, 209-lb. pass-catcher made just three appearances for the Blue Bombers in his first taste of three-down football, catching six balls for 76 yards before earning an audition with the Colts.

This time, the 25-year-old plans to stick around the CFL a lot longer.

“To be honest, I realize that you can make a great career in the CFL,” Guice said.

“When I first got to the CFL, I thought it’d be a joke, but

I had a rude awakening. You have athletes just like you have in the NFL, if not even better athletes. Everybody is working hard to get to the common denominator, which is a championship.

“And you get paid to do it. I mean, this is a great job opportunity. Me, personally, I could see myself playing in the CFL for a long time.”

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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