Former Stamp recalls Grey Cup punt block

Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:59 AM ET

Every year around Grey Cup time, Aldi Henry gets a call asking him to relive the memory.

Even 10 years later, it never gets old, and he can picture the moment like it was yesterday. Early in the fourth quarter of the 89th Grey Cup championship in Montreal, the Calgary Stampeders defensive back burst through the punt formation and put his mitts on a Bob Cameron attempt.

Willie Fells recovered in the end zone, and the Stamps were on their way to beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27-19 at Olympic Stadium.

In Henry's recollection, he was dying to call the block all game and was begging coach Mike Benevides to give him the chance. That Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Canadian had worked over Bombers safety Lukas Shaver on every punt, and Shaver was ready to open up for the pressure.

"When we called the block, I took two steps towards him, and he was gone downfield," Henry said. "I went towards the kicker, and he bobbled it. He gave me a chance to get there.

"I dove. I look at that picture, and I say, 'How could I ever dive like that.' It's something you can do when you are physically and mentally prepared. Everything came about."

The 2001 Stampeders pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Grey Cup history. At 14-4, the Bombers were a powerhouse in the East Division with an impressive offence.

But the 8-10 Stamps knew that as long as they got into the playoffs, they could make something happen. A year earlier, the 8-10 B.C. Lions beat the Stamps en route to the Grey Cup in Calgary, so it could be done.

All it took was some perseverance.

"That's the one lesson I took to apply in my life," Henry said. "Regardless of how ugly it gets, I just keep plowing through it, and it will get better.

"That's what we did that year. We were doing the right things, but the results weren't showing on the scoreboard. We pulled it off at the end."


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