Vet wants quiet time

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Ed Hervey is offering some friendly advice for Nik Lewis.

The Eskimos veteran would like to see the quotable Calgary Stampeders slotback do more talking with his hands and less with his mouth.

"He's an excellent receiver, will be in this league a long time, has tremendous ability," Hervey quietly noted yesterday while preparing for tonight's clash with the Stamps.

"I just hope at some point he understands, after a long career, what do you want to be remembered for? Do you want to be remembered for all the great things -- and he will do great things -- or be remembered for always opening your mouth at an inopportune time? He'll eventually understand that and, once he gets that, he will be a great player in this league for a long time."

Hervey can offer the sage advice from firsthand knowledge. The two-time Grey Cup champ has made an impression over eight seasons throughout the CFL as a soft-spoken pro with reliable hands who lets his abilities between the lines do his talking.

He has posted two 1,000-yard campaigns and 40 CFL TDs while on one of the league's deepest receiving corps.

Lewis was the CFL's rookie of the year in 2004 and has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving both seasons in Calgary. A similar pace over a decade would place Lewis among the Stampeders' elite pass catchers including Allen Pitts, Tom Forzani and Travis Moore, although off-field remarks have occasionally overshadowed his talents.

Prior to last Saturday's season-opener, Lewis strongly suggested the 33-year-old Hervey was past his prime. The two met on the field after the game to shake hands and patch up their differences.

"We resolved a misunderstanding," Hervey said.

"Whether he meant them to be mean words or not, I think as a football player when you hear that you get on the defensive because you're thinking 'How does a guy who doesn't play against me -- we don't even see one another -- have anything to say about me?'

"We spoke for a couple of minutes and now I don't have a problem with Nik Lewis."

Lewis has a simple explanation for talking so much.

"When I was a kid, I used to talk and nobody listened," he said. "Now they listen."


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