Peterson's journey hits peak

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Kamau Peterson lets out a hearty laugh when asked about facing his former team tonight in the Calgary Stampeders.

He's such a different player than the 25-year-old who left Cowtown in 2003.

Heck, he's a much better receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos than the one he was last year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"It seems like everybody is one of my former teams," Peterson said yesterday while preparing to face the Stamps tonight at Commonwealth Stadium (5 p.m., CBC).

"Every week somebody asks me what it's like to play one of my former teams. That was a long time ago."

Since joining the Eskimos this off-season as a free agent, Peterson has turned a corner on his career.

No longer is he the receiver who was nicknamed Kamau Incompleterson by some of the more creative folks watching him during his stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The now veteran 28-year-old is one of the more effective targets for Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, catching 22 passes for 209 yards and two TDs in five games this season.

Peterson said from the moment he arrived at Commonwealth Stadium, the winning atmosphere contributed to his rebirth in the CFL after a dismal three seasons in Winnipeg and Hamilton.

It didn't matter that the Eskimos missed the playoffs last season to break a 34-year run, or that the team underwent several changes in the off-season.

"Coming here, what I saw from the beginning was the commitment to winning and how that was all they talked about," said Peterson, who was a first-round draft pick for Calgary in 2001 and won the Grey Cup that year.

"It makes you buy in and holds you to a higher standard. It makes you perform because that's what is expected of you.

"It's not like that everywhere else and I've been around enough to know that."


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