Esks' camp beats NFL on any day

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

The Eskimos could teach some NFL teams a few lessons on how to make players comfortable at training camp.

While that might sound far fetched, that's the word coming from Eskimo players, who have seen both sides of the fence.

"It was horrible," said punter Rodney Williams of the accommodations at the New York Giants' training camp in 2001.

"We would go to the campus at the University of Albany and stay in dorms. There was no air conditioning and it was like 35 Celsius.

"Here you will never hear me complain. That bed at the hotel is awesome," he chuckled.

College dorm rooms were the only accommodations when Ed Hervey and Jason Tucker went to camp with the Dallas Cowboys. It was the same for Raleigh Roundtree when he went to camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

"And if you wanted a TV, you had to bring it from home," said Roundtree. "I would take the hotel room (in Edmonton) any time - there is no comparison."

And the Cardinals also didn't offer a players' lounge like the Eskimos provide.

Williams believes the food might be even better.

"I am definitely surprised," he said.

But Williams is sure of one thing: "The guys are more sociable (here). There isn't as much pressure. In the NFL it is every man for himself.

"How well do you do? How well did this guy do?

"At least 80% of my teammates have come to check on me since I have been here."

The only notable difference seems to be in the pocketbook. NFL players receive $1,000 US per week during camp, while Eskimo veterans receive up to $700.


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