Esks locker-room a tribute to past glory

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

EDMONTON - The halls of Commonwealth Stadium are getting a little more hallowed.

Finishing touches are being made on the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room, which is now being overlooked by 40 of the greatest players ever to wear the Green and Gold.

Every Eskimo who is enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame now appears on the smoked glass above the lockers, which surrounds the circular room.

The head-and-shoulders image of each player is larger than life, with their name and their years of service with the club appearing underneath.

Once completed, one wall will have: “Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame,” written on it, along with the hall’s new logo.

“I love it,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, who played here from 1995-99. “Because the tradition here is rich, we’re imbedded in it as part of the Eskimos of 2011 and that’s something that we’ve been preaching from the beginning.

“So for those guys to be able to see those names and those faces and what they accomplished, I think, is vitally important.”

Especially for any American players who aren’t familiar with the history of the franchise that has 13 Grey Cup championships in the league’s modern era.

The club has made an effort to reunite its current players with alumni members and the Hall of Famers who still live in the area.

“They see a lot of them in the city,” said Reed, who lives in Edmonton year-round with his family. “One of the things that we really want to get back to is a lot of the guys staying here during the off-season and becoming engrained in the Edmonton community.

“I think over recent time that has been lost. I know the weather’s brutal but it’s important that those guys really enjoy the complete experience that this community has to offer and seeing those faces on the wall is vitally important.”

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