Eskimos go into stands to give fans thanks for support

A fan poses with Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Odell Willis in the stands as the team and fans...

A fan poses with Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Odell Willis in the stands as the team and fans partied in Edmonton, Alta., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. The Eskimos beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Photo submitted by Glen Cymbaluk. SUBMITTED/Edmonton Sun

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

They’d been down so long, anything looked up to them.

When the Edmonton Eskimos snapped their long home losing streak on Saturday, a few of the players went above and beyond in giving their thanks.

Defensive end Odell Willis, for example, went right into the stands and made his way up to the concourse level.

Receiver Shamawd Chambers, among others, also went into stands to thank the long-suffering fans for their support.

“It was just to show the fans appreciation for their support for a 1-9, now a 2-9 ball club,” said Willis. “They could have jumped off the bandwagon a long time ago. The fans came out and supported us and I just wanted to show my appreciation to them.”

The fact there were 29,499 fans in the stands at Commonwealth was indeed a testament to their patience.

This is a franchise that once led the league in average attendance by a long measure in its heyday.

Now, Saskatchewan regularly outdraws the Eskimos in their home dates and


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