Duval joining Eskimos a 'rebirth'

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

EDMONTON - Damon Duval was ready to settle in for life after football when the Edmonton Eskimos came calling.

And now, having been named the CFL’s special teams player of the week following his performance against the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, the Eskimos kicker is glad he didn’t hang up the cleats.

“I think in any sport or any job, sometimes change is a good thing,” said Duval. “For me coming here really was a rebirth. I was able to take the off-season and really evaluate where I was in my life, not only with football and with things outside of football. I had to make that decision whether football was something that I really wanted to do.

“I believed coming here was an easy gel and an easy fit.”

Duval hit three field goals and averaged 47.7 yards on his nine punts against the Stampeders. He also hit a huge kickoff that pinned Calgary deep in their zone late in the contest.

“I believe that kickoff was the play of the game,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “If we don’t pin Calgary as deep as we did in that last drive, the results may have been different. But he really stepped up to the plate and did what we expected from him.”

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