Many happy returns for Stamps speedster

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

CALGARY - As he chased his kids around Calaway Park over the bye week, there was no way Larry Taylor could have hard feelings about last year.

Taylor was released by the Montreal Alouettes just before the playoffs in November, and the team went on to win another Grey Cup without him.

But the little return dynamo landed on his feet.

Signing with the Stamps as a free agent, Taylor has found a new home. Since 2008, the only place he knew in the CFL was Montreal, but he finds the grass greener on the other side.

It has gone so well with the Stamps, Taylor brought his wife and young family up to Calgary from Orlando and they didn’t even return home for the seven-day break.

“The kids love it here,” Taylor said. “So far, they don’t want to head back to Florida. That might be a good thing.

“As long as my kids are happy, that’s all that matters to me.

“This is the best place I’ve been so far (in the CFL). I’m enjoying it and I’ve embraced every moment.”

Don’t get Taylor wrong. He would dearly love to beat the Alouettes Saturday.

That’s the same feeling he would have against any team, but it will be a bit more special defeating the only other club he played for in the CFL.

When the Als released him, it was right after a return from the NFL’s New York Jets. He signed with the Jets after winning the 2009 CFL most outstanding special teams player award. Taylor came back and the Als already had a return specialist in Tim Maypray, who happens to be hobbled by an injury and may not play Saturday.

Those looking for a head-to-head matchup might not get their chance.

“There was no bad blood,” Taylor said about the release.

“It was a business situation that happens in football. It happens to all of us guys at some point in our careers. You get released.

“It happened. I was gone most of the season and all of training camp. They had another guy back there who had success.

“He’s a great returner and he’s having success. It was time for me to move on. It was time for a new start.

“It’s one of those things that happens in football.”

In Taylor’s two full seasons with Montreal, he was a thorn in opponent’s sides, and the Stampeders have bad memories about facing him.

The speedy playmaker was a dangerous weapon for the Alouettes although the Stamps managed to limit him in the 2008 season.

They prevented him from scoring in the Grey Cup, which was an accomplishment in itself.

In the 2009 season, the Als swept the Stamps, and that had a lot to do with gaining a measure of revenge for getting swept the previous season.

“When I was over there, we got up for this game, going against Calgary,” Taylor said.

“When these two teams face, both clubs look forward to this matchup.

“Even when we only get a chance to play together twice a year, we really look forward to them. Those are marked games.

“Both teams are well prepared with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. It should be a hard-fought game for 60 minutes.”


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