July 5, 2012
Roughriders a large part of Joseph's career
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Kerry Joseph has a soft spot for Saskatchewan.
While the Edmonton Eskimos second-string quarterback isn’t likely to take more than a snap on third-and-short at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday, the jaunt to Regina will be as much a trip down memory lane for the 38-year-old.
It was back in 2007 when Joseph led the Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship on the way to being named the CFL’s most outstanding player.
“I love going back there,” he said. “That’s a part of me that is always going to be there in my heart.
“To win a championship there and the involvement that I had in that community and with the fans, it’s always good to go back there whether you’re playing there against them or just visiting.”
Joseph hasn’t been able to replicate that same success since being traded to the Toronto Argonauts the following year and ending up an Eskimo in 2010.
A decade earlier, Joseph quarterbacked the London Monarchs of NFL Europe before moving to the other side of the passing game and playing safety with the Rhein Fire on the way to the 1998 World Bowl championship.
He spent the next four seasons back in the U.S. playing safety with the Seattle Seahawks before becoming a CFL quarterback.
In all the places his career has taken him, none have been quite like Saskatchewan.
“It’s a special place,” he said. “It’s a part of my career, the two years that I spent there. You remember the places that you’ve been and you always want to leave a mark or leave some type of legacy when you’re in that community.”
His was helping win the Roughriders’ first Grey Cup since 1989 and becoming the first Roughrider to become the league’s top player since Ron Lancaster in 1976.
“It’s a hostile environment going in there as opponents,” Joseph said. “You know what you’re getting into when you go into that game and you always have to be at your best going into that house.”