Calgary Stampeders' Nik Lewis shows he has staying power

Stamps slotback Nik Lewis never thought he'd be staying in Calgary as long as he has. Photo by...

Stamps slotback Nik Lewis never thought he'd be staying in Calgary as long as he has. Photo by Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun.

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

Nik Lewis remembers arriving in the Stampede City as a wide-eyed rookie.

He never envisioned he’d still be here in 2013 preparing for his 10th CFL campaign.

“No, I didn’t,” Lewis said.

“But I remember after my workout camp, I looked at (former Calgary Stampeders scout) John Jenkins and I told him, ‘all I need is a one-way ticket, because I’m not coming home.’ ”

OK, so he never lacked for confidence.

Some things don’t change.

Lewis was summoned to Calgary by then GM/head coach Matt Dunigan, who wanted to have a closer look at the Southern Arkansas product.

“I got a call from Dunigan about four days before camp,” Lewis said. “Knowing what I do now, probably somebody else couldn’t make it, so they brought me in.

“I wanted to make the team and do something. I just didn’t know what it was going to be.

“I don’t know if you have long-term goals. Some guys think about the NFL. I know I was when I first got here.”


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