RedBlacks' Jasper Simmons has a new reason to play well

Jasper Simmons, #31 of the Ottawa Redblacks, celebrates the franchise's first win after defeating...

Jasper Simmons, #31 of the Ottawa Redblacks, celebrates the franchise's first win after defeating the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM BAINES, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

In a dressing room with plenty of long faces, Ottawa RedBlacks linebacker Jasper Simmons cracked a wide smile following Saturday's 38-17 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Simmons, maybe the best RedBlack on the night, with nine tackles and an interception, was asked about the birth of his eight-pound, eight-ounce daughter, Journi Alise, Wednesday in Pensacola, Fla.

"I feel like I had a big reason to play," said Simmons, who flew directly to Calgary from Florida, not wanting to miss a game. "My daughter being born gave me a little more energy. I got less sleep maybe, but I had to play. It was hard to only be (home) for a day. I kind of got attached to her."

 


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