August 26, 2012
Not so fond memories for Sherritt in Toronto
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - J.C. Sherritt has one vivid memory of the first and only football game of his career in Toronto so far, but it's something he would rather forget.
The Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker saw an end to a rookie CFL regular season in which he led his team in tackling until getting hurt here last year in Week 17.
"Oh, I remember because that's when I got my high ankle sprain, so I don't remember a lot of the second half," Sherritt said of the 31-24 win. "I'm happy to get back (to Rogers Centre) and complete a full game, that's for sure."
While the last one ended up being a 31-24 victory for the Eskimos, then-Argos quarterback Steven Jyles nearly engineered a 28-point come-from-behind miracle with a 21-point fourth-quarter.
"I remember being extremely frustrated," Sherritt said. "Being hurt like that is just the most helpless feeling you can have as a player, but at the end of the day it's who wins, and we pulled it out.
"To think back, I was proud of the guys for winning it and frustrated I couldn't be out there."
Sherritt was also forced to sit out the first playoff game Edmonton hosted in seven years Ñ a 33-19 win over the rival Calgary Stampeders in the divisional semifinal round Ñ before getting the nod the next week in Vancouver.
"It cost me every game up until the Western final. It was brutal, I was angry," said Sherritt, who still ended up earning the title of West Division nominee for most outstanding defensive player of 2011. "So I'm excited to get back there and get that game behind me and get a full game in."