Grey Cup 2013: Roughriders' Alex Hall hopes to get a shot with NFL

Roughriders' Alex Hall. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun)

Roughriders' Alex Hall. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun)

Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

Alex Hall doesn’t know Cameron Wake.

But he sure knows his story.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end and 16-sack man was filled in by New York Giants pass-rusher Justin Tuck, who spent a brief period with Wake back in 2005, before the current Miami Dolphins star was cut and fled for the CFL.

“We’re from the same area,” Hall said of Wake on Saturday, as the Riders finished up their final preparations for Sunday’s Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium. “He made all-metro in the area I’m from, the Washington, D.C., area. Matter of fact, when I was with the Giants, Tuck and I were talking about something and he said, ‘It’s a crazy business. They cut Cam Wake.’ This was even before I came up here and he was telling me how good (Wake) was and he’s one of the best players in the league now.”

Wake’s ascension from CFL star to elite NFL pass-rusher no doubt motivates many players in Canada with dreams of making a name for themselves down south.

 


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