EDMONTON - Marcus Adams showed up to his first Edmonton Eskimos training camp session wearing a shirt from his new team and sweatpants from his old Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It makes sense, considering a big part of him is still back home.
Adams had been working out down in Scottsdale, Ariz., after being released by the Roughriders on March 29. But he got some even worse news after returning back home.
“My son, he had a seizure (last) Monday at the babysitter’s,” said the five-foot-10, 275-pound defensive tackle, who lives in Regina with his wife, Jessica, and two-year-old son, Marcus Jr. “I was at the gym working out with Joel Lipinski and Stu Foord, so my wife gave me a call and she said, ‘Meet me at the hospital. M.J., he’s not moving.’
“So I bolted out of the gym and I ran about four or five red lights. To be honest with you, I thought he was dead.”
A second seizure happened later that day at the hospital.
“He just turned two on (May) 24th, and that day he had a seizure he was supposed to have his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese,” Adams said. “I know he was very excited about that. I was, I love Chuck E. Cheese. But I couldn’t go.”
Nor could he make it to Edmonton for the opening of training camp.
“That’s why I’m late. I had to take care of that first. That comes first way before anything else,” said Adams, who spent four-and-a-half days with Marcus Jr. in hospital. “Today he’s doing better. We give him medicine still and tried to keep his temperature down. He goes for an EEG on Thursday so hopefully we’ll know more.”
Until then, Adams decided to concentrate on something he better understands.
“I feel like the best thing to do to get my anger out is play football,” he said. “So that’s what I plan on doing. Focus on my job and make sure I have a job this season.”
Adams found himself without one in the off-season, despite coming off a career year in 2010.
The Eskimos fully expect him to do the same this season, as Adams rejoins general manager Eric Tillman from the 2007 championship run in Saskatchewan.
“From working with Marcus, I know he’s a consummate professional,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “To say that any man can completely focus on football when there is something happening at home would be telling you a lie.
“I think anyone as a father would know that it’s going to be difficult for a while but this could be a sanctuary for him. He is blessed that things are going well with his son’s recovery.”
KAMAU COMEBACK: Former Eskimos slotback Kamau Peterson is getting a good look with the B.C. Lions.
“I wish Kamau the best,” said Reed, who released the 10-year veteran in May. “I think Kamau has proven he is a talent that can contribute to football teams.”
In 2008, Peterson was the CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, but has been battling a recurring Achilles injury that diminished his stats and playing time.
“Going to the B.C. Lions, if that happens, will be good for Kamau,” Reed said. “As a coach, when you make tough decisions like letting a veteran like that go, you wish them the best. Truly, because this is a business where shelf lives are very short.”