Some old Eskies just can't stay away

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Hugh Campbell is retired -- but the green and gold blood is still running through his veins.

Leaning against the wire fence along the sidelines at Clarke Stadium, the former kingpin of the CFL's flagship franchise quietly watched opening day of Edmonton Eskimo rookie camp.

But he's not speaking up or calling any shots. He's retired and enjoying life.

In fact, he doesn't even have a set schedule for how long he's staying in Edmonton for training camp.

"(We'll) see how much (I'm) in the way," he remarked.

ROOKIE RAMBLINGS: A possible replacement for linebacker Steven Marsh, Ray Perryman has already caught the eyes of head coach Danny Maciocia.

"He has got leadership qualities," said Maciocia.

Unfortunately for Perryman, he appeared to injure an eye halfway through practice yesterday.

CAMP CHATTER: Diminutive import receiver Vince Strange (5-9, 160 pounds) made the most noticeable first impression yesterday with his blazing speed ... Highly publicized young receiver Ryan Kelly seemed to struggle holding onto the ball at times ... Import receiver Fred Stamps was the only surprising no-show on opening day due to family reasons. Scheduled to arrive today, he won't appear on the field until Friday... As expected, linebacker Ronnie Heard didn't show up - and isn't even listed on the training camp roster.

LINE OF THE DAY: "You change your mind?" said Eskimo president Rick LeLacheur to Malcolm Frank, who was perched on the sidelines during Day 1 of rookie camp at Clarke Stadium.

Frank isn't coming out of retirement. "I just came to watch," said the former defensive back, whose wife still lives in Edmonton.


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