Glatt's glad to be here

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET

As a linebacker, there are fewer things new Edmonton Eskimos arrival Javier Glatt loves more than lining up an unsuspecting running back.

It's probably because he remembers exactly how it feels.

A pre-free-agency release by the B.C. Lions last week, Glatt remains the only member of the Green and Gold not acquired through a trade so far this off-season.

As a running back in high school with the St. Francis Browns, Glatt found a fountain of advice in his brother and former Eskimo J.P. Izquierdo, who played nine seasons in the CFL.

"He used to tell me, 'Run like Pringle,' " said Glatt, referring to legendary CFL rusher Mike Pringle. "So I used to try to run like Pringle. What that meant is just tons of hard work, outworking your opponent and being a blue-collar type of guy."

That attitude is what got Glatt where he is today and is what he will bring into Edmonton Eskimos training camp in the spring.

"I plan to show up and try to be a positive influence on guys. I'm looking no farther than the three weeks of training camp," he said.

"I'm just trying to come in like a rookie, be the hardest-working guy there and try to make as much impact as I can in whatever role the coaches find for me.

"I'm going to embrace it with all of my abilities and do it as hard as I possibly can."

With just five starts with the Lions last season, the seven-year veteran saw a significant decrease in playing time.

"It was a difficult year, but I learned a lot," Glatt said.

"It was great in the sense that I had to deal with adversity and it really challenged my goals, really challenged who I wanted to be.

"My goal coming into the season was to be the best teammate I could possibly be, and that was really put to the test when, after four years of being 'the man', I was asked to play a different role."

He did it with a smile on his face, always following the advice he heard in high school.

"My brother was a big part of my development as an athlete and as a person," Glatt said.

"We get told very often that we have a lot of similar characteristics. If I can be half the man he is, then I'm doing OK, he's a pretty good guy.

"He was a big influence on me in my life."

And on his career, which came to a crossroads last season.

But Glatt calls his move to Edmonton, "a breath of fresh air. I'm taking nothing for granted."

Although he doesn't know what this season will bring, the Eskimos know they are bringing in a proven veteran.

"From what I was told from Edmonton, I don't know if they were exactly expecting me to be available the way I was, and I got that from a lot of teams," said Glatt.

"Things change, I don't know how it happened; I'm just glad it did.

"Things got a little crazy the last couple days (before signing), but Edmonton is somewhere I've wanted to play for a long time."


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