The last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders paraded the Grey Cup through the streets of Regina, Darian Durant was just a wide-eyed 25-year-old backup.
He didn’t realize the significance.
He didn’t know he’d go on to lose two Grey Cups in heartbreaking fashion.
And he surely had no idea that seven years later he’d be leading a team into a hometown Grey Cup that has turned the city of less than 200,000 people — every single one of them Riders fans — into a sea of green and anxiety.
It’s no surprise, as a player in his mid-twenties from Florence, S.C., Durant didn’t exactly embrace the craziness that comes with the title of Riders quarterback.
Years later, all of that has changed for the 31-year-old star.
“I kind of like being in a small community,” said Durant, lugging around a small camcorder to document Grey Cup week, something he says he never even thought about doing in his first three trips to the CFL’s title game.