Na’Shan Goddard’s professional pigskin resumé reads like a championship parade route.
A stint with the NFL’s New York Giants. A Super Bowl XLII ring in 2008.
A stint with the New Orleans Saints. A Super Bowl XLIV ring in 2010.
Now entering his first summer with the Calgary Stampeders, the towering offensive tackle is trying for the three-peat.
“Hopefully, I can bring some of that luck here,” Goddard said.
“That’s the first thing my grandmother told me — ‘You’ve won a couple of rings. Maybe you can bring some luck to your new team in Calgary.’ I hope so, man. Especially with it being the 100th Grey Cup, that would be awesome.”
Goddard also earned paycheques with the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks, but the former South Carolina Gamecocks standout logged the majority of his time as an NFLer on practice rosters.
The 29-year-old might not have to wait long for his first taste of game action in the three-down ranks.
Starting left tackle Edwin Harrison has been bothered by a hamstring issue and is a question mark for Sunday’s clash with the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m., TSN, QR77).
After Friday’s workout, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said Harrison’s status “remains to be determined.”
The third-year CFLer wants to be guarding Drew Tate’s blindside on Canada Day, but he’s also trying to ensure that Goddard is ready to roll if he’s stuck on the sidelines.
“I always got questions and (Harrison) always answers them. We actually live together right now, so it’s easy for me to go ask him a question,” Goddard said.
“We’re definitely competitors, but I think now that the roster is set, we’re not competing as much. We’re helping each other out now. We’re here for a common goal — to win a ring.”
With a couple of championship momentoes already to his name, you could accuse Goddard of sounding a bit greedy.
He won’t even dispute it.
“I’m never satisfied,” Goddard said. “Every time I think about my two rings, I think about guys that have three or I think about a guy who has four so I want more. I found out DeVone (Claybrooks, Calgary’s defensive line coach) has a Super Bowl ring and a Grey Cup ring, so I want a Grey Cup now. You definitely never get satisfied. I definitely want another one. You could always use more rings, more jewelry, you know?”
If history is any indication, adding Goddard to the roster — or even the practice squad — is a smart move for any championship contender.
The 6-foot-5, 315-lb. offensive lineman has only been hanging around McMahon Stadium for a month, but he’s already seen indications this is a group that could be celebrating with the Grey Cup in November.
“It’s preparation man. There’s no stone that is not being uncovered,” Goddard said. “(Saints coach) Sean Payton had us prepared for anything. He had us prepared to play the Miami Dolphins of 1972. And same thing with (Giants coach) Tom Coughlin. He had us prepared for anything that was going to get shown to us.
“And that’s how it is today. First of all, we’re playing a team (the Alouettes) that hasn’t shown us anything, so we’re prepared for anything. That’s the great thing about Coach Huf — he prepares us for everything. That’s the one thing that I can see right now from the other championship teams is that preparation.
“When every stone is uncovered, you can play against everything.”