Lefsrud adopts new attitude

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Kevin Lefsrud's football career will end if he suffers another concussion this season.

After suffering his second concussion of this football season on Saturday night, the Edmonton Eskimos guard has implemented a three-strikes-and-he's-out policy.

"If I get a third concussion (this season) that will be it," said Lefsrud on the phone yesterday.

"It is my own self-preservation."

The 30-year-old Alberta native came out of retirement this year to start on the Eskimo offensive line.

But he was dealt his second concussion in five weeks in the first offensive series against Hamilton on Saturday evening.

"And it wasn't much of a hit," continued Lefsrud.

The contact came against Clinton Wayne. Lefsrud continued with the play, trying to throw a block for Ricky Ray but badly missed the target.

And from there, he doesn't remember actually walking back to the Eskimo bench.

His memory picks up once he was on the sidelines.

"It was a light show going off in my eyes," he recalled.

The good news is that his recovery from this blow to the head is going a lot faster than his last concussion in Vancouver. The seven-year CFL veteran just had a headache yesterday, with no vision problems.

Still, Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia is listing his valuable guard as "doubtful" for this Saturday's game in Regina.

That means he would be off until at least Labour Day because the Esks have their bye week after the trip to Saskatchewan.

But Maciocia's words might not be as important to Lefsrud as those coming from his three-year-old daughter Kelby.

"The fact my daughter says: 'My dad hurt his head,'" relayed Lefsrud. "That sucks."

Fellow offensive lineman Dan Comiskey completely agrees with Lefsrud's three strike policy of leaving the game.

"That's your life," said Comiskey, referring to the head. "It's everything you are and everything you are going to be."

But Lefsrud is taking solace in the fact he's not afraid to come back to the game right now.

"The nice thing is that it is not making me gun shy," remarked the farmer from Viking. "I'm not going to lose my edge."

But one more concussion in 2007 and the football part of his life is done.

That would leave a big hole for the Esks to fill - especially because Lefsrud is a non-import - but life with a young family and plenty of promise away from the sport is much more important.


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