Say it ain't Coe

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Scott Coe is back in the CFL and even he can't believe where he is going: Edmonton.

"I haven't dyed my hair yet -- I'll probably just leave it," the former Stamps linebacker told the Sun last night.

"I know it's going to be a little different -- different colours -- but there are some guys that I know like Trey Young and John Comiskey. The bottom line is I'm going to play football, which is what I really wanted to do."

Spotted in the Stamps locker-room with his longtime pals following Saturday's loss to Saskatchewan, Coe actually told the Sun he was retiring.

He gave himself an Aug. 1 deadline to either sign with a team or step up his insurance sales job with an eye on it being long-term.

However, on Sunday morning, Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia called, setting the table for the 28-year-old Winnipeger to agree to terms yesterday before jumping in his truck for the three-hour drive up the QEII.

Ironically, he didn't get too excited when he first got the call from Maciocia as he was otherwise engaged at the time.

"I was busy at a volleyball tournament," laughed Coe, ever the community-minded athlete.

"It was an outdoor tournament and there was loud music and, well, I pretty much knew what he wanted so we left it.

"I talked to my family and then Danny and I talked again (yesterday) and figured a few things out."

And now he's an Eskimo, words few believed he'd ever say after four years of dying his hair Stampeder red.

"You kind of convince yourself retirement is what you want to do, but when the opportunity comes you take it," said Coe, who had a workout with Hamilton when they were in town last month but never heard from them again.

"It's nice to go out and play. If I can play this year, then who know what happens, and at least you get to go out on your terms. With the injury bug biting everybody, they wanted a Canadian backup for former U of C linebacker Agustin Barrenechea. At the very least I'll be on special teams right now.

"The Labour Day game is certainly going to be interesting coming out of the visitors tunnel."

Coe played four years with the Stamps and, despite being one of the most visible and popular players, was axed in March as part of John Hufnagel's revamping of the defence.

"Edmonton obviously has a great team, and it's close to home so I can go back and forth," said Coe who got the green light from his uncle/employer to pursue his first love and told him his job would be waiting for him at season's end.

"It makes it easier staying close to home."


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