VANCOUVER -- The Edmonton Eskimos were shutout at the CFL awards yesterday in Vancouver.
However, perhaps a future Eskimo picked up the Tom Pate award.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Danny McManus took home the award given to the player displaying distinguishing qualities from his team.
McManus is rumoured to be returning to Edmonton in a trade that would send Eskimos backup quarterback Jason Maas to the Steel City. The deal would complete the transaction that sent running back Troy Davis and offensive lineman Dan Comiskey to Edmonton at the midway point of this season.
"I have no idea about that, there is a lot of speculation," said McManus. "I don't know."
At 40, McManus is taking it one year at a time. He's not ready to divulge how many years he has left in him.
"I don't know, I see Damon (Allen) out there doing a lot," McManus said. "But I've already told him I'm not going that far. We take it year by year right now; we're both in the same situation. I still love the game and if there is options out there, then I'll take at look at them."
The Tom Pate award named after the Hamilton Tiger-Cat who died on the field during a game in Calgary in 1975.
McManus was recognized for his Touchdown for Kids program in Hamilton, which is raising money for a kids-only emergency room.
"It's an outstanding honour," McManus said.
"To be even mentioned in the same breath as Tom Pate is a big honour for me. Winning the MVP doesn't even come close."