Esks' Bertrand Cup-bound

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Mathieu Bertrand is going to be at the 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Nov. 28, one way or another.

If the Eskimos fullback isnt playing in it, which is still a possibility despite his teams 5-10 record, then hell once again join the French station, CBC Radio Canada, as a colour commentator.

It was the first time I did it last year and everything went good, said the 32-year-old Quebec native out of Laval. I think they were pretty happy because they asked me to do it again this year.

I liked the experience and when they asked me again this year my first answer was, Im not going to comment on that game. Im playing in it.

Im still believing were going to be there and play but if were not, obviously Ill do it again.

Bertrand attended high school in St. Hubert, Que., and is fluent in both languages. But his first language is French.

They asked me last year and my answer was the same as this year, said Bertrand, whose team was bounced out of contention by the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division semifinal. I cannot say yes right now because obviously I want to be part of that Grey Cup. My answer right now is No, because Im not there because Ill play. If were not there, Ill be there on the radio for sure.

I believe in this group. I think well finish the season strong and I think well be there.

Bertrands background makes him the perfect candidate as a Grey Cup analyst.

Ive played football since I was young, he said. I know the game pretty good. I know players and I know everything in this league so I think Im a good guy to do that stuff.

Being bilingual, Bertrand said it is more difficult broadcasting a football game in French.

Its hard to translate every single word in French because obviously football has more English terms and everything, said Bertrand, who looks up to French broadcaster and former Eskimos offensive lineman Pierre Verchevall. Hes an ex-player, too.

Whether Bertrand follows in those footsteps or not will only be answered once his playing career is over.

Id like to keep the door open for after, just like getting my degree as a phys. ed. teacher, said Bertrand. I dont know what Im going to do after, maybe coaching or a radio show.

Whatever he decides, it will definitely involve football.

Of course, football is my life, he said. I love the game enough to stay after even if Im not a player anymore.

IN AND OUT: MLB Maurice Lloyd was practising again and is probable for Saturday.

Hes been out for (two weeks) and I know hes itching to get back in there to contribute, said Hall.

T.J. Hill also returned to practice, while QB Ricky Ray was on the field but was held to limited activitiy.

Hes still sore, but he feels better than he did (Wednesday), Hall said. Right now its a positive factor and theres no indication that hes not going to be able to play Saturday.


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