Higgins proud of Eskimos

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Tom Higgins left Vancouver last Sunday morning to fly home to watch the Grey Cup on his new TV in his Calgary home.

"You expect a football coach to sit in the stands?" said Higgins, the current boss of the Calgary Stampeders. "That doesn't work."

So, Higgins sat glued in front of that new TV set - and when his former team defeated the Alouettes 38-35 to win the 93rd Grey Cup at B.C. Place, he felt proud.

"When you are part of an organization for 11 years, you understand the dynamics of a lot of the players," said Higgins, who resigned as Eskimo head coach last fall.

"You can't not feel for a lot of those young men (with the current Eskimos) because they know me very well and my family.

"And I know them and their families very well."

Higgins and his Stampeders had Edmonton on the ropes to start the second half of the West semi-final on Nov. 13, leading 23-12 before crumbling in the final 30 minutes, being outscored 21-3.

"I think there is a silver lining possibly for the Calgary Stampeders," he said, "because if they had a chance to be successful in their first year maybe they don't understand quite what it takes to be a champion and the sacrifices and how much better you need to be."


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