Terry Grant’s time in the Hammer has been short, but his exposure to the city’s pigskin supporters has taught him a few things.
For starters, Tiger Town is not afraid to express its opinions, good and bad.
And for Grant, who played his collegiate football at Alabama, he relishes every comment from the Ivor Wynne Stadium stands.
“They do let you know when you’re doing bad,’’ Grant began. “And they also let you know when you’re doing well.
“Nobody wants to get called out for anything, but I think that actually helps guys play better. That’s part of the mentality around here.”
Up until Friday night, Grant has watched from the Ivor Wynne sideline and could hear the applause when a play on either side of the ball would be made and the venom when plays were being yielded.
For a guy who has lit it up in his two games as a Ticat — both on the road — Grant is very eager to showcase his talents for the first time in front of his home-town fans.
“Personally, I enjoy opening at home,’’ the Mississippi native said. “It just so happened that being at home was in a different place.
“It’s why I’m excited (about Friday). I feel humbled to be playing this game. It’s a thrill and my goal is to come out with a full head of steam.”
When Grant, a multi-purpose, multi-talented tailback, made his debut in three-down football, it was against Calgary two weeks ago in Moncton, N.B.
Last week in Toronto, Grant produced the longest run from scrimmage this season in the CFL by rushing 89 yards for a touchdown.
In two games, Grant has scored three touchdowns and gives Hamilton yet another playmaker with flat-out breakaway speed.