January 24, 2012
Reynolds wants to keep running
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - If Joffrey Reynolds gets his way, he will play at McMahon Stadium wearing different colours than Red and White.
The running back got his release from the Calgary Stampeders Monday but it was hardly a shock to anyone, least of all the 32-year-old.
The “writing was on the wall” from the moment Jon Cornish took over the starting job in September.
There are no hard feelings from Reynolds, who is as popular with teammates off the field as he was for fans for what he did on it.
Reynolds just hopes the fans don’t forget what he did for the Stamps — six 1,000-yard seasons, quiet greatness and a great attitude.
“This is the nature of the business,” Reynolds said. “If I come back (to play the Stamps), I really hope I don’t lose any of the fans I had in Calgary.
“I will be there for business. Hopefully my performance is worth the price of admission.”
Reynolds hired CFL agent Darren Gill Monday and the hunt is on for a new team. There were no suitors in the trade market, but Reynolds isn’t surprised seeing as how it was obvious the Stamps would cut him loose eventually.
He sees his chances of getting a new job as 50-50. All it takes it one GM to feel he is more like the player of 2010 — when he rushed for 1,200 yards — than the one who lost his job to Cornish in 2011.
Running back is a tough position in football and Reynolds does have 9,213 yards on his legs.
The Houston product feels he can still contribute.
“A lot of perceived thoughts about me is maybe he’s washed up,” Reynolds said. “Maybe he’s lost a step. Maybe age is playing into it.
“Some of those people who say that don’t see me in practice every day or watch film and that type of stuff. There may be a team that looks at me and wants to give me the opportunity to come in and prove I can be the player that I was.”
Reynolds is back in Calgary now as he plays “the waiting game.”
If this is the end, he goes out as one of the greatest players in Stampeders history. The thing he remembers most about being in Calgary is how he was part of a core group of offensive players — Henry Burris, Nik Lewis, Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo — who took the team from league-worst 4-14 in 2004 to championship calibre.
“The Grey Cup year (2008) was a special year for us all,” Reynolds said. “On the downside of that, I really feel we had a lot of ability that was didn’t capitalize on.
“We weren’t as successful getting to Grey Cups. We should have won more.”
It would be weird to see anyone else wear Reynolds’ No. 21, but he’s not so sure. Humble as always, Reynolds scoffs at the notion he deserves treatment as an all-time great.
“It was a great number for me,” Reynolds said. “When I came in and (equipment manager George Hopkins) gave me the 32 of Kelvin Anderson, personally, I felt I didn’t deserve it.
“Hearing things about him and seeing his name in the record book, I didn’t want to try to touch that. I wanted to create my own identity. I would advise them not to retire my number.”
Reynolds doesn’t rule out settling down in Calgary eventually, but he will go where the next job takes him.
If playing doesn’t work out, he will look at coaching.
“It wouldn’t be bad to take the road like Corey Chamblin,” Reynolds said with a laugh about the new Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and former Stamps defensive backs coach, who was a teammate of his in NFL Europe.
“Football was part of my life for so long. The easiest thing to say is I would like to step into coaching in some type of capacity.
“I don’t know how it will translate when you still believe you can be a productive player.”
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