Floyd fires up Ticats
By Mike Ganter, QMI Agency
|Argonauts Cleo Lemon and Hamilton Tiger-Cats Otis Floyd at the Rogers Centre last season. Floyd retired in the off-season. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)
There is zero chance the Hamilton Tiger Cats will not be fired up for today’s Labour Day tilt with Montreal.
The reason is the presence this weekend of one of the most fiery Ticats in team history, not to mention one of the best trash-talkers the league has ever seen.
The Ticats have linebacker Otis Floyd back in the fold this weekend to officially retire from the league as a member of the Ticats, a team he joined for the final two seasons of his 11-year career.
Floyd will lead the Ticats on to the field for Monday’s Monday’s tilt. He also broke the team down following their walk through Sunday and expects he’ll get even more emotional taking the team down the tunnel.
“The main reason I’m retiring as a Tiger-Cat is because of Bob O’Billovich,” Floyd said Sunday. “He and I have a long history together. He believed in me from the beginning of my career right to the end. When I came here the organization treated me so well and brought back to life the football in me that I thought I had lost a few years ago. I decided when I retired I would retire a Ticat.”
Two of Floyd’s best years in the CFL came in those last two in Hamilton. Of his 536 tackles and 39 career sacks, 150 tackles and nine sacks came in those two years wearing the black and gold.
“This club has gone in a quick period of time from a club that was down somewhat to a respectable team and Otis was a team captain for those two years and a very important part of our team and an integral part of that success. Without Otis it would have been very difficult to have that climb that we did for those two years.”
Floyd lives in Atlanta where he owns a trucking business and a car wash.