May 10, 2013
Henry Burris All-Star weekend brings QBs together
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

Former Stampeders QB Henry Burris (centre) is flanked by (from left) former CFL punter Glenn Harper, Clint Thompson, former Stamps receiver Ryan Thelwell and bobsledder Nick Carriere at the 8th annual All-Star Weekend at the Springbank Links Golf Club on Friday, which supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area and the Burris Foundation. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - No one will ever mistake Drew Tate for Henry Burris.

The former Calgary Stampeders quarterback, who was exiled to Hamilton prior to last season, takes on the role of community ambassador like few in the sporting world.

While Tate is the Stampeders present, as well as future, at the quarterback position, he’s also hoping to take on more of a Hank-type role in the city.

“When I first got here in 2009, I learned so much from him, not just on the field but off the field,” said Tate, who teed it up at Springbank Links Golf Club Friday afternoon in his first Henry Burris All-Star Weekend, the eighth of its kind. “How to deal with the media. How to deal with the public. A lot of things. He really gets involved and he’s hands-on in the community. I’m not quite like that, but I’d like to get better at it.”

The pivots have been in constant contact since Burris was dealt last off-season, and politics of football didn’t get in the way of their relationship.



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