Return of Smilin' Hank sparks Calgary Stampeders QB question

Former Stamps QB Henry Burris brings his Tiger-Cats into town to face the Red & White Friday night...

Former Stamps QB Henry Burris brings his Tiger-Cats into town to face the Red & White Friday night at McMahon Stadium. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 AM ET

CALGARY - The ear-to-ear grin is still the same.

The sideline-to-sideline arm strength is still the same.

The colours are much, much different.

A little more than 21 months after being jettisoned out of Calgary Stampeders red and white, and into Hamilton Tiger-Cats stripes, Henry Burris returned to the city he still calls home for the second time.

While the emotion surrounding his appearance is muted this season, the 38-year-old quarterback returns with an improved team this time around — the Ticats were in the midst of a 6-12 season last October when Smilin’ Hank made his first post-trade arrival — and an impressive statistical season to back up his assertions that he still has a whole lot of football left in him.

When the Stamps dealt Burris to the Ticats back on Jan. 2, 2012, it seemed like a no-brainer.

Drew Tate was the heir-apparent, and there was no doubt he was ready to be a starting quarterback in the CFL.


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