Comiskey feted for off-field work

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

Words can barely do justice to how much the Edmonton Eskimos are missing Dan Comiskey's contribution on the field this fall.

The outstanding offensive lineman is on the nine-game injured list for the rest of the regular season with a tricep injury.

But the true professional isn't missing a beat in the community.

In a very deserving announcement at the Eskimos' annual dinner last night, Comiskey was handed the prestigious David Boone Community Service Award.

"It's a real honour," said Comiskey, an 11-year CFL veteran.

"It is one of the awards you never expect to win."

Winning the award makes Comiskey the Eskimos nominee for the CFL's Tom Pate Award, which recognizes outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and community.

It has been six years since an Eskimo - Rick Walters in 2001 - captured the Tom Pate Award during Grey Cup week.

But Comiskey's significant dedication to serving the community - he has made more than 20 appearances in the city this year - gives the club a major chance to win the league's high honour this fall.

"This past off-season Dan has taken a leadership role in the work he has done in the community," said Eskimo communications and marketing director Dave Jamieson.

"With the health of his daughter, I think that has even sharpened his sense of responsibility to the community."

Two-year-old Lauren Comiskey is battling a serious kidney problem.

"We are still on the transplant list and it's only a matter (of time) before she needs a transplant," said Comiskey.

Not surprisingly, the six-year Eskimo veteran is the honourary chair of the Kidney Foundation of Canada through the Northern Alberta and Territories branch.

Comiskey has also been involved with the Think Smart Concussion Symposium, Read-In W eek and hospital visits.

Determined by Eskimo players and team staff, this is the third David Boone Community Service Award winner.

Jason Maas and Ed Hervey are other past recipients.

Boone played with the Eskimos for seven seasons - 1977-83 - and was a Tom Pate winner.

SHORT YARDAGE: For the second straight year, the Eskimos didn't unveil a new name for the club's Wall of Honour at last night's dinner ... Former chief executive Hugh Campbell didn't attend last night, one year after his retirement was announced at the gala event.

QUICK HIT: There is no fancy saying being used inside the Eskimos dressing room as the club tries to stay alive in the playoff race.

One reporter yesterday suggested - 'Win three and climb the tree.'

With three regular-season games left, Edmonton's Tragic Number in the playoff race is two in the East Division and one in the West Division.

The Eskimos play in Vancouver on Saturday night.

"Watch us practise and take a look at the effort we are getting day in and day out," stated Maciocia.

"Clearly, they (the players) believe.

"Clearly, we are talking about running the table.

"Clearly, we believe we can go into B.C. and beat probably the premier team in the CFL."


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