Eskimos' McCoil comfortable in limelight after LA KISS experience

Edmonton linebacker Dexter McCoil misses a potential interception against Calgary during the second...

Edmonton linebacker Dexter McCoil misses a potential interception against Calgary during the second half of a CFL football game between the Eskimos and Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium July 24, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - Dexter McCoil couldn’t have scripted a much better start to his first season of professional football.

The rookie Edmonton Eskimos linebacker has become a fixture at the WIL linebacker spot, taking over for the injured J.C. Sherritt and helping his team to a 5-1 start to the season.

But before coming to the CFL, the first chapter of the 22-year-old’s pro career was being written earlier this year in training camp with the Arena Football League’s upstart L.A. KISS.

Owned by a group comprised of KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as well as band manager Doc McGhee, among others, their franchise season wrapped up in July with a playoff-missing 3-15 record.


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