Comiskey's focus all relative

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

EDMONTON -- For three plays, John Comiskey lived the dream.

When the Edmonton Eskimos centre started playing football as a kid, he pictured himself lining up next to his older brother Dan and going into battle.

An off-season trade the sent John from Calgary to Edmonton made it possible.

But in the season-opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Dan broke his ankle early in the first quarter.

Dan was put on the nine-game injured list this week, and was forced to watch John play against his ex-team, the Calgary Stampeders, last night at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Comiskey brothers got a taste of lining up side by side, and John promises it won't be the final time.

"It's an absolute certainty," said John, who was dealt to Edmonton on draft day along with receiver Kevin Challenger for a first-round pick (guard Dimitri Tsoumpas).

"This is a quest we started, and we began to fulfil a dream of ours since I was a youngster and he was a young pro.

"Now (Eskimos coach) Danny Maciocia brought me in here to help us fulfil this dream. I guarantee it's something we're going to finish."

Dan Comiskey is eight years older than John and therefore much more accomplished, when talking about his 12-year CFL career and the Grey Cups he won with the Eskimos in 2003 and 2005.

The Comiskey brothers share a spread in the Eskimos media guide, and the two have spent a great deal of time together for the first time in several years.

The best part is John gets to see Dan's family much more. Dan and wife Raina have twin daughters Jane and Lauren, 3, and a son Daniel, 2.

"In actuality, being able to live here and get to know my nieces and nephew has been a true blessing," said John Comiskey.

"They get to know who crazy Uncle John is now and I get to know some new little personalities. They are very important in my life."


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