Legendary camp day

Warren Moon spent part of his visit in Edmonton with his former coach Hugh Campbell. (Sun...

Warren Moon spent part of his visit in Edmonton with his former coach Hugh Campbell. (Sun Media/Perry Mah)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Having your dad watch practice at Edmonton Eskimo training camp is one thing.

But having your dad and his friend walk into the team huddle at the end of practice is something entirely different.

For Ryan Kelly, that's exactly what happened yesterday when his legendary father Brian and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon spoke to the players to end Day 3 of training camp.

"First I actually saw Warren and I just said: 'You got to be kidding me?'" remarked Ryan.

Brian's message to the team was pretty simple: "He just said for all you slow guys or small guys, there is (a) place for you up here and to just enjoy yourself," relayed Ryan.

In town as special guests at the Edmonton Huskies dinner last night, Moon and the older Kelly attracted quite a crowd as they tried to watch some of the second practice session yesterday at Clarke Park.

It would have been more enjoyable for Brian if he had been able to see his son actually do something on the field.

Nursing a hamstring injury, Ryan is on the shelf for up to two weeks.

"If you can't run, it is pretty hard," said Brian on his son's injury.

"I certainly don't know what is going to happen but (I'll) keep my fingers crossed (he stays with the team)."

In ironic fashion, Brian got hurt during his first camp with the Eskimos many moons ago, but stuck with the club.

"I think I got hurt on the third day and I missed all of it," said Brian, remembering his ankle injury.

"They were kind enough to put me on the practice roster and I think it was just more of a pity move. And then I got to play the next year."

Of course, he became one of the most productive receivers to ever play the game and is now on the Eskimos' Wall of Honour.

But after having such a wonderful career, Brian feels for his 24-year-old son - who will always live in his father's shadow.

"I was fortunate to play on teams that won. Every quarterback I played with was a Hall of Fame quarterback," remarked Brian.

"So much of it is being in the right place at the right time.

"I was just incredibly fortunate.

"For the next generation it is hard because there is always comparison.

"In today's world - with the Internet and the media and scrutiny - it is hard to go under the radar."

With a round of cuts coming, it's unclear what Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia will do with Ryan.

But Maciocia was thrilled to have the two famous guest speakers address his team yesterday.

"It is awesome," said Maciocia.

"The first day we got together on Saturday night I talked about history. I talked about tradition.

"We showed some clips of the five in a row (Grey Cups) and clearly a lot of those clips consisted of Warren Moon and Brian Kelly.

"And to have them out here in person and to explain when they first got into the huddle about all the success that they had here and the expectations that come wearing Green and Gold it was huge."

FINISH LINES: A flood of memories came back to Moon as he stood at Clarke Park.

"This takes me back to my first year up here in 1978, we played our first five or six games that season in Clarke Stadium before Commonwealth (Stadium) was finished," said Moon.


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