Andre risin' to coaching challenge

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

The self-anointed greatest receiver in the history of football has added the role of player/coach to his resume.

Andre Rison has been appointed to that position for the rest of the season by the Argos, The Toronto Sun has learned.

There will likely be some mention today, along with the fact the 37-year-old is expected to sit for this Saturday's game in Calgary. Rison will travel with the club to coach the receivers.

With receiver Tony Miles slated to return and receiver/return specialist Bashir Levingston expected to be activated, two receivers need to be deleted. It's expected Johnnie Mitchell and Rison will be the odd men out.

"With Tony Miles back, we don't see (Rison) in the same (starting) role, but we brought him in for a whole lot of reasons," Argos vice-president of football operations Adam Rita said last night.

Rita dismissed the idea Rison would find it hard to get back into the lineup because of a surplus in the receiving corps.

Rison, who could not be reached for comments, had already taken it upon himself to help coach the receivers, but still believes he can play for another few years.

The Argos signed Rison, who is 15th overall in the NFL in career catches, on Aug. 21, ending his absence of more than three years from football.

In five games, he has caught 14 passes, including one touchdown, for 174 yards. He has also created several controversies with his candour, including critical remarks about the CFL's officiating which drew fines from the league and the team.


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