Woldu, Brown roll with the punches

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

If the childhood dreams were to come completely true, Paul Woldu and Ivan Brown would be at McMahon Stadium Sunday wearing green jerseys.

But both Regina natives are saddled with participating in Grey Cup week as members of the Montreal Alouettes.

Their families may be having a tough time rooting for the Alouettes against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but the players aren’t.

Woldu wouldn’t change his two-year CFL career that has him in the Grey Cup for the second straight season.

“With this type of business, you never know where you are going to end up,” Woldu said. “You take it season by season and roll with the punches.

“Going to Montreal and playing with the type of organization we have, it’s just as good as back home.”

While Woldu is suiting up in his second Cup Sunday, Brown will have to wait for his first one.

The fourth-round draft pick this season out of Saskatchewan dressed in just six games and will stay on the practice roster.

“I’m really just happy to be part of this team,” said Brown, who is a defensive end. “We have almost a record-breaking defence.”

Although Brown and Woldu left Regina to attend the University of Saskatchewan, they were teammates with both Riders receiver Chris Getzlaf and running back Stu Foord with the junior Regina Thunder.

“It’s a Thunder reunion,” Brown said.

Woldu credits the Roughriders with a key part in his success. In 2006, the defensive back spent an entire training camp practising with the Riders before heading back to the Huskies.

“It allowed me to play against great players such as Matt Dominguez and Jason Armstead,” said the 25-year-old. “Also, I was able to learn from wily veterans such as Eddie Davis and Omarr Morgan that were around.”

Pride of Utah shining

One of the more notable items that came out of Thursday’s awards night was the top two winners were from Utah State.

Roughriders star John Chick won the most outstanding defensive player award and Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo took home a second-straight MOP.

But the Riders defensive end is too young to have known anything about the Alouettes pivot’s resume in college.

“There’s a lot of legacies there,” Chick said.

“I knew of him and knew about his success in the CFL. I’m sure Utah State is aware of what happened.”

Nobody getting ‘Gerran’

Gerran Walker is the only starting import receiver suiting up for the Riders in the Grey Cup, but it seems no one can pronounce his first name correctly. For the record, it’s Jurr-on and not like any of the other attempts going around this season.

It’s so tough that the pronunciation is written on the whiteboards in the Riders meeting room.

“This is a lifelong thing,” Walker said.

“Even if people know it, they still mess it up.”


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