Eskimos-Ticats game was family reunion for King brothers

Eskimos long-snapper Ryan King was on the field a few time at the same time as his brother Neil,...

Eskimos long-snapper Ryan King was on the field a few time at the same time as his brother Neil, but the two never met up in the game. (Perry nelson, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

Sunday’s game at Alumni Stadium was a family affair for Edmonton’s King brothers.

Edmonton Eskimos long-snapper Ryan King came up against younger brother Neil in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats backup safety’s CFL debut.

And with mom and dad in the stands, however the game turned out, they couldn’t lose.

Or couldn’t win, depending on your outlook.

“They were sitting right behind us and I looked back a couple of times and saw two of my little brother’s jerseys, not mine,” Ryan said, grinning in the locker-room after the 30-20 win. “So I only gave them one look and that was all they got during the game.

“I saw them outside and they were very proud. It’s a game that we will never forget.”

For more reasons than one.

“It’s going to stick in my mind definitely because it was my little brother’s first game, and second, I’ve never played in a game like that ever in my life as a snapper,” said Ryan, referring to the deluge of rain that bombarded the field.


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