Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben is on the verge of setting a team record for tackles, but he's more interested in tackling a greater goal -- winning the Grey Cup.
Eiben, who leads the CFL with 98 defensive tackles, is about to become the Argos' first non-import to reach the 100 mark since the league started recording defensive tackles in 1987.
Calvin Tiggle holds the team and league mark of 129 set in 1994. The Argos publicity staff claims Eiben may become the first non-import in league history to reach the 100 mark.
"It really doesn't mean anything," he said yesterday. "I'd rather get a (Grey Cup) ring on my finger. Because I get so many tackles I have to point my fingers at my teammates because they're all working their (butts) off so I can be free to make some tackles.
"After this season is over, I'll enjoy (the record) for an hour or two and then I'll start working for next season," he added. "Every year I go into a season with some goals. Last year my goal was to lead the league in special teams and I did that.
"This year my goal was to lead the league in defensive tackles and I did that. Next year I'm going to try to lead in defensive tackles and special teams tackles. Every year I put down goals to do what I can so our team can make it to the Grey Cup. That's something we'll find out in the next couple of weeks."
Eiben, who is in his fourth year with the Argos and first as an every-down starter, is finishing his option year and negotiations continue to re-sign him. For now, he's leaving it up to his agent.
"When the season is over, I'll get involved. Until then, I want to get this ring. That's the most important goal for me and my teammates," he said. "I've got a feeling come season's end Toronto is going to offer me something. And if it's something that I think is reasonable, I'd love to stay here. If it's something that isn't reasonable, I'll look somewhere else.
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