Glenn faces Burris in return to Hamilton

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:55 AM ET

CALGARY - Kevin Glenn is headed back to Hamilton.

But don't call it a homecoming.

It's just one of four CFL cities where the veteran signal-caller has hung his cleats for awhile.

"I mean, I'm from Detroit, Michigan, so no place actually ever feels like home," Glenn said.

"But you do get comfortable when you've been in a place for some time.

"Hamilton was a great place for me. I had a great stay in every city I've played in.

"I've never had a bad experience in the cities I've played in, whether we were winning or losing. But you have to embrace the good moments and cherish them."

The Calgary Stampeders quarterback has mastered the art of finding the silver lining.

Glenn brushes off the notion he's going back to the Hammer with a chip on his shoulder following the off-season deal that saw the Stamps and Tabbies swap pivots, a move that sent Henry Burris east.

"Sometimes you have to move on," Glenn said.

"That's what the situation was in Hamilton. You don't take it personal. It's part of the game.

"To me, we're going there to win a football game. It's not Kevin Glenn is going to get revenge, or whatever you want to call it, on Hamilton.

"I don't need to do that. I just need to go out and play for my team."

The quarterback matchup will, of course, be the top storyline heading into Thursday's tilt (5 p.m., TSN).

But Glenn isn't taking the bait.

"Everybody would have loved to see Drew Tate against Henry Burris," Glenn said.

"Everyone was talking about it at the beginning of the season that this is a game to look forward to.

"Unfortunately, Drew went down with an injury. Now, this is the movie (media and fans) have really been waiting for.

"This is a story for the media. For us football players, this is a game we want to go out and win."

But Burris, who is enjoying his finest season to date in black and gold, said beating his former mates would taste a little extra sweet.

"You always want to beat friends, because these are games that we'll talk about in 10 years when we're all retired and reflecting back on our careers," Burris told Ticats.ca.

"Juwan Simpson and Charleston Hughes and all of those guys will be gunning for me. We'll be trying to take each other's heads off and get the win for our team.

"But afterwards, these are the games that we'll be able to brag to each other about."

The off-season deal aside, Thursday's game will feature two quarterbacks operating at a high level.

Glenn leads the CFL with a 70.3 completion percentage.

Burris is the league's offensive player of the month for July and has 15 touchdowns against just three picks.

His 118.3 efficiency rating is off the charts.

"We've got a good thing going right now, and it's definitely something that we want to continue," Burris said.

"Offensively, we've been playing on the same page.

"I feel like I'm just accepting these (awards) on the group's behalf, because they've had stellar performances in the last few weeks and you can definitely tell that they're gelling as well."

Glenn will return to familiar surroundings Thursday.

But it's his familiarity with Ticat defenders that he hopes to use to his advantage.

"I wouldn't call them weaknesses. But there's tendencies," said Glenn, who also had previous stops in Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.

"Every football player has tendencies.

"And I do know some of their tendencies.

"But you have to come out and execute your offence and you should be OK."

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