Maas won't rule out comeback

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

EDMONTON - He never says never, but for now Jason Maas isn't ruling out the possibility of one day returning to the CFL as either a coach or a player.

Whatever his future holds, Maas would rather focus on the present.

"It's difficult because I've done this since I was nine years old, played football and trained for football," Maas said, chuckling. "I had a 26-day stretch in April where I didn't work out for the first time since I was 18. It's a different way of life. It's time, though. I'm happy to move on."

But as for ever moving back:

"I'll never say never. Brett Favre's my favourite quarterback, but I'm not going to go down that road," Maas smiled. "Let's put it this way, my new challenge is to do triathlons. So I'm going to be in unbelievable shape. I will throw here and there just because I like to throw with my buddies, just to keep my arm in shape and do stuff.

"But it would have to be a great offer and something that I would have to help a club go on to win something."

Until then, Maas will be follow in the footsteps of former teammate Sean Fleming, who has been competing in triathlons since retiring in 2007.

"As soon as I train and do my first one, I will put a challenge out to Sean at some point," said Maas, who is working fulltime in oilfield sales for Smith International.

While Maas has been offered opportunities to join the Eskimos coaching ranks in the past, new management hasn't made it available.

"One of the reasons I was bitter with the Eskimos was the timing of the whole matter earlier," Maas said of his release. "So that kind of threw a crux in my plans of coaching this year. But the way it went down, I'm happy with it now and I want to be out of football for a year. I want to do different things.

"I've always said I want to coach, but I don't know if I'll be any good at it, either. I'd just as soon get the bad feelings of football out of my system for now, and then when

I really start itching either to play or coach it, maybe that opportunity arises."

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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