Glory remembered

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

MONTREAL -- One number paints a pretty clear picture of how much turnover there has been with the Edmonton Eskimos in three years.

It has been three years since the Green and Gold and the Montreal Alouettes met in a thrilling overtime classic in the Grey Cup in Vancouver.

Edmonton won 38-35 - but only has six members from that team playing today against the Als in the East Division final at Olympic Stadium.

Here is a trip down memory lane with the six remaining players, sharing some of their most vivid memories from that 2005 championship tilt.

Mike Maurer, fullback, Grey Cup top Canadian award winner

"I never actually got up on the stage to hold the Grey Cup. I got some pictures with it afterwards when all the excitement was kind of over. It was a surreal feeling, almost like a dream," said Maurer.

If the Esks continue their Cinderella run, Maurer states he will sprint on the stage this year to hold the trophy.

RICKY RAY, QUARTERBACK

With less than two minutes left and trailing by five, Ray found Mookie Mitchell on a third-and-four play for 35 yards.

"We had a short route and a corner jumped that route so I knew Mookie was going to be wide open and he made a big play for us," remembered Ray.

SHANNON GARRETT, LINEBACKER

"It was on the road - winning in Calgary (in the West semi), winning in B.C. (in the West final) and winning the Grey Cup. The way we did it was so, so special," said Garrett.

Jason Maas, quarterback and holder for Sean Fleming

Holding for Sean Fleming's winning field goal in the second overtime period wasn't as nerve wracking as holding for Fleming's extra point in the first overtime session to send it to the second period.

"Everybody thought we were going into overtime (again) but you can mess up an extra point as much as anything. That was the most pressure of any of the holds I had for Sean," said Maas.

ANDREW NOWACKI, RECEIVER

"I remember everybody was upbeat (in the locker-room at halftime). We were up 10-1, I think, and there wasn't a single ounce of doubt. We were ready to go out and finish it off," he recalled.

DAN COMISKEY, OFFENSIVE LINE

"One of the things I remember is the kickoff and how loud it was and watching the camera(s) take pictures of the ball in the air and watching all the flashes. It was one of the points where I thought: 'Holy (crap), this is a big game,' " cracked the guard.


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