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."