Family trumps rivalry

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

For the first time in his nine-year CFL career, Dan Comiskey might pay a little attention to the opposition's offence today.

The veteran Eskimos offensive guard will play on the same football field as younger brother John Comiskey for the first time as Edmonton takes on the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (3 p.m.).

Dan is full of pride to watch his sibling, a Stampeders offensive lineman, get into his seventh game as a professional.

"I've been proud of him for years," said Dan, who is nine years John's senior. "He's a great athlete and a great man. We spend a lot of time in the off-season together.

"We haven't figured out how we're going to do it this year because one of us is moving. It's something we've done for years and it's paid off for both of us."

Dan was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by the Eskimos in the off-season, only to get returned to Edmonton with running back Troy Davis in a late-season deal.

John was selected by the Stamps in the CFL draft this spring and has worked his way onto the roster as a backup because of an injury to Jamie Crysdale.

The 24-year-old didn't make the trip to Hamilton earlier this season so this is his first meeting with his football mentor.

"I've been watching him progress as a player all the way along," John said. "I was a little kid when he played high school football. To be on an even playing field is something I've been after for a long time."

John has plenty to live up to if he wants to emulate his brother. Dan is a solid starter and a West Division all-star who was highly coveted by both the Tiger-Cats and Eskimos for the trades this season.

But Dan isn't worried about his sibling succeeding in this league and said he has great teachers with the Stamps in Crysdale, Jay McNeil and Jeff Pilon.

"I heard a quote from Jamie Crysdale, somebody I respect a great deal. He said John was going to be a good player," Dan said. "I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in training camp to see how it was all going down.

"He'll be around for a long time and I think the world is his oyster."

The 2005 season John is experiencing is similar to what Dan went through as a rookie with Saskatchewan in 1997, biding his time until an opportunity came forth.

"My first year, I was 14 weeks on the practice roster," Dan said. "We ended up going to the Grey Cup that season."


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