Als' CEO's son finally sees playing time

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

Brad Smith has taken a very strange route to the Montreal Alouettes roster.

From being a public relations intern with the club in 2005 and 2006, Smith is suddenly on the Als' active roster tonight against the Edmonton Eskimos.

LENGTHY TRAIL

But that is only part of the trail he has taken.

Drafted by Toronto this year, he was claimed off the Argos' practice roster this week because Montreal is so thin at Canadian talent.

And if that isn't enough, he's the son of Alouettes president and CEO Larry Smith.

"I was sitting down with a bunch of guys from Toronto and we were having lunch watching the Montreal-B.C. game and then (Ben) Cahoon went down," said Smith, referring to the Montreal game last weekend.

"All the guys (said): 'They are going to be looking for some Canadian receivers.'

"And literally, ironically enough, the next day I went to get my car washed and I got a phone call from Adam (Rita) and he said Montreal claimed you off our practice roster."

Before accepting the transfer to the Als, Smith spoke to his father.

"I don't want negative feedback for my father," said Smith.

"He has done well in his career and I don't want to take anything away from that by people second guessing whether he had something to do with it.

NO INTERFRENCE

"So, I called him up and I was like: 'Did you having anything to do with getting me to come to Montreal?'

"And he goes: 'What do you mean? I didn't know (you had been acquired).'

"That is all I needed to hear."

A slotback by trade, Smith will be a special teams player tonight.

"He is a good talent," said Montreal head coach Jim Popp on the acquisition.

"It had nothing to do with that he is Larry's son."

FINISH LINES: AS EXPECTED, EDMONTON RUNNING BACK Tyler Ebell is healthy enough to play tonight ... If the Montreal depth chart is to be believed, Jason Maas is the main back up behind Marcus Brady tonight.


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