Stampeders' Stewart proves time is on his side
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders Anwar Stewart sacks Mike Reilly of the BC Lions during CFL football action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Friday October 26, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)
CALGARY - Anwar Stewart wants his watch.
TSN used to hand out a Movado watch to the player selected as the Friday Night Gladiator.
After equalling the Calgary Stampeders franchise record with four sacks against the B.C. Lions, Stewart certainly deserves a new timepiece.
"I'm kind of upset they don't have the Movado back this year," Stewart said. "Every year, I've got one of those Movados, and this year, they took it out.
"I'm kind of upset by that. I'm going to have to talk to (TSN colourman) Glen Suitor about that and see if we can't get them back.
Stewart, who was playing in just his third game of the season, will have to settle for the CFL defensive player-of-the-week award.
"It's always great to get the individual accolades," said the veteran Stewart. "But that's not one of the things we shoot for.
"(Defensive) coach (DeVone) Claybrooks and the staff have done a great job of getting us in position to be successful.
"Last week was my week. This week, we don't know who it'll be, but we're going to give it everything we have to win this game."
Stewart, the oldest player on the Red & White roster at 36, said he was eager to get back to playing the game after being cut loose by the Montreal Alouettes earlier this season.
"I wanted to come to a place where I could help a team to compete for an eastern or western division championship and get to the Grey Cup," Stewart said.
"The 100th Grey Cup has been my goal for a lot of years now.
"I had been talking to coach Claybrooks all season about getting me over here because they had a lot of injuries."
He talked with Stamps assistant GM of player personnel John Murphy on Thanksgiving and then struck a deal.
"I said, 'How about I come in Tuesday," Stewart said. "I'll show you guys I'm in shape and ready to go. And if I'm in shape, you promise me you'll give me a shot to play Saturday.'
"They gave me that shot, and I fit right in with the guys.
"I just want to prove to them I still have a lot of good football left in me."
Stewart is proving that younger doesn't always mean better.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder stayed in great shape while he waited for the phone to ring during the fall.
"You need a nucleus of older veterans who can come in and contribute," Stewart said. "That's what I wanted to show, and hopefully, I'm getting that point across to a lot of the teams in the league.
"I understand you have to get the young guys in there, and I can't play forever. I understand that. But if you have the passion and desire to play, you should be given that opportunity.
"That's why I never stopped training. I was working out three to five hours a day, so hopefully, that's what's showing now. It's showing how hard I've worked.
"It's not a surprise to me because I expect nothing but good things out of myself."
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