CFL sack leader gets another crack at Esks following trade

Alex Hall returns to the sidelines after a play during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit to...

Alex Hall returns to the sidelines after a play during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit to Commonwealth Stadium to play the Eskimos in September. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

The more things change, the more they’re starting to look up for Alex Hall.

A week ago, the league’s sack leader — who has 15 in the bag this season and an incredible 24 in his 28 CFL starts — was part of a Winnipeg Blue Bombers squad that is 2-12 and going nowhere. Especially the playoffs.

Then, just ahead of this week’s trade deadline, the six-foot-six, 256-pound St. Augustine’s product saw his season suddenly extended by a swap with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in return for Canadian offensive tackle Patrick Neufeld.

The Roughriders are 9-5 and have already secured a post-season berth

But it turns out there is plenty more than seven wins separating where Hall was, to where he is.

“A lot’s changed,” Hall said. “A winning team, they already have everything together. It’s totally different here.

“They take care of players here. Practice is more of a family environment, not guys arguing, fussing and stuff like that. It’s people just being together


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