Milestone surprises Ryenolds

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

CALGARY - If you're ever playing Joffrey Reynolds trivia, the last guy you'd want on your team would probably be ... Joffrey Reynolds.

That’s hardly a slight on the Calgary Stampeders’ workhorse running back.

It’s simply a reflection that he doesn’t waste any time fretting about his personal stats.

Case in point, Reynolds surpassed another milestone in the season-opening loss to the Toronto Argonauts, registering the 1,500th rushing attempt of his illustrious CFL career. And his reaction?

“Fifteen-hundred? Oh, wow,” Reynolds said after Tuesday’s practice at McMahon Stadium. “I didn’t even know that. I guess time flies.

I guess, to have that many carries, I can’t say that I haven’t had any injuries — but to play every game, that’s a blessing, a lot of luck …

“Yeah, wow.”

Wow is right.

On Friday night, the soft-spoken star from Tyler, Texas, became just the ninth ball-carrier in CFL history to log 1,500 career carries. His next carry saw him score a two-yard touchdown dash midway through the fourth quarter.

He finished the game with 57 yards on a dozen touches, including his first major of the season.

“I guess the only better way to celebrate would be to win the game,” Reynolds said with a shrug. “I’m looking forward to more carries. I don’t know about 1,500 more carries, but I feel I’ve got a few more left in me.”

Truth is, Reynolds never celebrates individual achievements.

He’s already the Stamps’ all-time leading rusher, having racked up 8,793 career yards.

With 1,501 carries in the books, he trails only three-time league all-star Kelvin Anderson (1,670) for the franchise lead in that category.

Reynolds also ranks third on the club’s all-time charts for rushing touchdowns. He needs one more to join Anderson (52) in second spot and is only four trips to the endzone away from tying Earl Lunsford’s team record of 55.

One of the reasons for Reynold’s prolonged success in the three-down ranks is his what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach to his craft.

Even with seven CFL campaigns under his belt, the 31-year-old remains among the hardest-working guys at McMahon Stadium. Every time a reporter suggested during training camp his spot on the Stamps roster was safe, Reynolds seemed a little uncomfortable with what he was hearing.

On Tuesday afternoon, after hearing he’d accepted 1,500 handoffs since heading north in 2004, he was genuinely surprised.

If there’s one statistic, however, that Reynolds knows, it’s the number of 1,000-yard campaigns on his resume. That’d be six, starting with his sophomore CFL season and his first as a full-time starter.

Anderson owns the Stamps’ franchise record with seven consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns, and Reynolds is aiming to equal that mark this season.

“I’m sure every skill player wants to hit the 1,000-yard mark, and I’m not any different,” Reynolds said.

“It’s a long journey to 1,000 yards. Even though I’ve had six of them already, 1,000-yard seasons aren’t easy to come by. That’s definitely something that I will be trying to attain, and if I do get it, I’ll definitely be happy about it.”

Just don’t expect much of a celebration.

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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