MONCTON, N.B. - Anthony Parker’s teammates went on lobster hunts Thursday, but he did his best to hide from the red monsters.
The Calgary Stampeders receiver got a reminder Tuesday that he has to be careful when choosing meals at restaurants.
The night before the team took off for Touchdown Atlantic, Parker had an allergic reaction to shellfish at home in Calgary.
“It was my fault,” Parker said. “I asked them to sub out any seafood in the meal.
“I didn’t specify that was for an allergy. I didn’t think about it. That experience was not great. I almost died, but I’m all good.
“I have to be careful. Even coming into the airport, they had fish waiting for us. It’s no big deal, but I have to keep my mind on it a bit.”
One of the bonuses for the Stamps players in coming to Moncton is they get to gorge on fresh Atlantic lobster.
On Saturday, the team is going to P.E.I. for a kids camp and walkthrough, but before they leave, they will dine on lobster.
Since arriving in New Brunswick, quarterback Henry Burris has gone lobster crazy. He had bisque when he arrived, lobster benedict for breakfast and au gratin for dinner Thursday night.
He sent out a photo on Twitter of the ‘lobster hunters’ — a group of about a dozen players with bibs at the ready.
Parker wasn’t among them, obviously.
“I would like to have that experience as well,” Parker said. “Unfortunately, I can’t, so that’s a bit annoying. It’s great for the guys who get to have that experience. I will continue with life as is.”
Parker can barely remember what fish tastes like because he’s avoided it since he was a kid, when his allergy was first discovered.
So, at least he’s not craving it like some of his teammates would if they couldn’t have it.
“It’s an unknown thing for me,” Parker said. “I’m not sure if I would like it, so that’s why I don’t care as much.
“If I knew I would like it, then it would be much worse.”