Kicker DeAngelis lands in Regina

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

There should be no surprise that Sandro DeAngelis has landed back in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The real surprise should be the kicker was still waiting for a job offer from somebody.

The 2008 Grey Cup most outstanding Canadian could find it welcoming in Saskatchewan. With the Riders, DeAngelis is reunited with the special teams coach that brought him into the CFL with the Stampeders back in 2005: Craig Dickenson.

He's also back with head coach Corey Chamblin, who witnessed DeAngelis' best season of 2008 as defensive backs coach in Calgary.

DeAngelis remains the league's all-time most accurate field-goal kicker with a lifetime efficiency of 82.8%.

He's actually better in Regina, where whipping winds are common, as he's kicked at an 83.3% efficiency. Two of his three best point-total games actually came at Mosaic Stadium.

Clearly, it was a mistake for DeAngelis to leave the Stamps as a free agent in 2010 and sign with the Tiger-Cats, as Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium was his worst road park.

In 2011, DeAngelis languished on the Montreal Alouettes taxi squad and never dressed for a game. His faith never wavered, and he said he is ready to play after converting to stay-at-home dad.

"I knew a call would eventually come," DeAngelis told the Regina media on Monday. "I just didn't know if the call was going to be in three weeks, five weeks, a year.

"Football's important to me. I'm only 31, so I feel like I have another decade left in me. I knew that with my resume, and maybe with my hard head, if I just stuck it out and continued to work hard, eventually a phone call would happen. And, sure enough, it did."


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