Going 1,713 days between carries isn’t exactly ideal.
But when the Calgary Stampeders offence trots out onto the McMahon Stadium field Friday night and Martell Mallett touches the football, close to five years of frustration on the field and personal pain away from it will quickly be forgotten.
The 2009 season, when Mallett rushed for 1,240 yards to earn rookie of the year honours in what would be his only CFL campaign up to this point, seems like eons ago.
Since then, life has taken the 28-year-old on a rollercoaster ride that has finally led back to the football field, coincidently, against the same B.C. Lions team he suited up for in ’09.
Following his freshman season with the Leos as a 23-year-old, Mallett went south and bounced from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cleveland Browns, back to the Eagles, and then, finally, into New York Giants’ camp.
Nagging injury after nagging injury sewered Mallett’s chances to make an impact at each and every stop.