Potential payback

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Terry Vaughn is no writer, unless we're talking about the CFL record books.

Yet, as he takes the field today in the 93rd Grey Cup at B.C. Place Stadium, Vaughn is authoring the perfect script to finish a very imperfect season.

The feisty Montreal Alouettes slotback has a chance to break Eskimos fans hearts after being pushed aside from the Edmonton organization before the 2005 training camp.

Vaughn is healthy and hungry to prove his remarkable run of 1,000-yard receiving seasons is no fluke. So karma may have caught up to the Eskimos at the wrong time.

"I would love to (break some fans hearts again)," said Vaughn yesterday.

"I've always enjoyed playing my former teams and always wanted to do well against them. This is the Grey Cup so you do put aside your personal goals.

"But I'm sure I'll have an effect on the game somehow. That's just the type of player I am."

What Vaughn has been throughout his career is consistent. This season is his 11th breaking the gold standard for receivers.

He attributes that to being lucky in avoiding injuries and bringing a strong work ethic every day.

But this season didn't start so easily after the Eskimos traded Vaughn to Montreal for safety William Loftus.

Then the 5-ft. 8-in. slotback suffered toe injuries that required surgery and kept him out of the first two weeks of the season.

Stuff like that doesn't happen to the player who started the season No. 5 on the all-time receiving yards list.

"I can honestly say I've been one of the healthiest players to ever play in this league," said the 33-year-old.

"I've probably been one of the most productive players versus health and injury. Not too many guys can say that.

"I've been consistent. This validates that I've been a pretty good player. I've helped everywhere I've went and brought leadership.

"My play on the field has been very good. Most guys can't say that."

Alouettes head coach Don Matthews coached Vaughn with the Eskimos and was certainly glad to welcome his leadership in Montreal.

Although Vaughn doesn't speak loudly, his presence is still felt, his coach said.

"His leadership comes through during the games," Matthews said. "He gets jacked up and really motivated.

"He does it because it's the Terry Vaughn way."

Vaughn is playing in his fifth Grey Cup and would accomplish a rare feat if he wins: Earning rings with three different teams.

He won in 1998 with Calgary and again in 2003 with the Eskimos. This one might be more satisfying.

"This is why we play," Vaughn said. "I've been fortunate. This is my fifth one. I've won two and lost two.

"Hopefully this one can put me over the hump and make me 3-2."


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