Duo deserve honours

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:58 AM ET

EDMONTON - In their own way, they represented what their teams did in Sunday’s Grey Cup game.

Montreal receiver Jamel Richardson was named the game’s Most Valuable Player and Saskatchewan’s Keith Shologan was the game’s Most Outstanding Canadian.

Richardson caught eight passes for 109 yards in Montreal’s win, many of them the outstanding variety.

Montreal coach Mark Trestman was impressed with Richardson’s performance.

“The thing I remember about Jamel is that every single catch he had was contested and he found a way to make the play,” said Trestman. “He stands by his talk. Jamel is a guy who speaks his mind and has the ability to make the play. He’s truly a team leader.”

Richardson was modest about his award, preferring to spread the credit to the rest of his teammates.

“It feels great,” said Richardson. “I’m at a loss for words. We fought, we wanted to get it done for a couple of players who might not be back.

“Personally, it’s really not about me. It’s about the guys in the locker-room right now. They did it for me and I did it for them. That was our thing going into this game.”

Richardson had to fight for every catch he made.

“The defence, it was stingy out there man,” said Richardson. “They were mixing it up and they were on us. They didn’t give us much room out there and it was a dogfight.”

Richardson couldn’t leave town, though, before giving the CFL another shot.

“If you see me up here next year and we’re in another crappy hotel, we’re going to come out here with a chip on our shoulder and do the unbelievable and unthinkable,” said Richardson.

Shologan’s two sacks in the first half was emblematic of the way the Saskatchewan defence rose to the occasion even though the Riders offence faltered in the second half.

Saskatchewan coach Ken Miller said Shologan, the Alberta-born defensive lineman, was worthy of the award.

“He was instrumental in helping us control the running game,” said Miller. “He’s deserving of it.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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