HAMILTON -- Even as he deals with tough times with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Quinton Porter can keep a smile on his face.
After everything the quarterback went through to reach football's pro ranks, losing a few CFL games seems quite inconsequential.
Porter was heading into his junior season at Boston College and was slated to be the starter when his father died of a heart attack.
That was in 2003, when he would start 10 games for the Eagles before suffering a deep cut on his throwing hand.
The 6-foot-5, 228-pounder lost his starting job the next season and red-shirted instead so he could play his senior season in 2005.
At the end of that campaign, Porter lost his starting job again, this time to Matt Ryan, who went on to become the third pick in this year's NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Although those were trying times, Porter remembers his college days fondly because he vowed to continue his father's dream of seeing him play the game he loved.
"There was a light at the end of the tunnel," said Porter, who will make his fifth start for the Tiger-Cats as they host the Stampeders tonight. "I ended up getting a job in the NFL and was able to continue on with football. It all happened the way it supposed to."
Porter is relishing his opportunity with the Ticats after spending two seasons with the Houston Texans.
Although Ryan went on to sign a $72-million deal with the Falcons and he is making about $75,000 for the Ticats, Porter doesn't have much jealousy about the situation.
"I really do believe things happen the way they are supposed to," he said. "It couldn't be any other way."