It's been a journey for Roughriders' Tristan Jackson

Roughriders' Tristan Jackson breaks up a pass to Stampeders' Jeff Fuller during the Western final...

Roughriders' Tristan Jackson breaks up a pass to Stampeders' Jeff Fuller during the Western final on Sunday. (Reuters)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released Tristan Jackson a week before training camp was set to begin, which didn’t exactly give the veteran kick returner and cornerback much time to hook up with another CFL team.

So Jackson, a Mississippi native who spent two seasons with the Roughriders, did what a lot of young men in Canada do: He headed for northern Alberta to work in the oil fields.

Jackson was working in Conklin, Alta., which is north of Edmonton but south of Fort McMurray, when the Riders asked him to come back in late August as insurance for a banged-up Jock Sanders.

Getting released just before the season stung Jackson, because he knew the Riders were playing host to the Grey Cup and had assembled quite a talented roster to take a run at it.

“I knew it was going to be a good team,” Jackson said. “I was kind of sick and kind of bitter, but everything worked out like it’s supposed to.”


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