Mike O'Shea doesn't have a big head when it comes to personal statistics, but he does have a big head of hair.
And he's hoping he won't have to cut it for at least another three weeks -- with a Grey Cup victory.
"Every time I look at myself in the mirror from training camp on it has been my playoff haircut," O'Shea said before the Argos' regular-season finale last night at the SkyDome. "I've had one goal in mind the whole season, it's to win it all."
O'Shea said if the Argos win the Cup he won't immediately get a haircut.
"I'll probably be inebriated," he said. "You can't cut your own hair when you're inebriated."
The 34-year-old linebacker, who is in his 12th season in the league and eighth with the Argos, became the object of a practical joke earlier in the week by his teammates, knowing he would not talk about personal statistics if the media asked him. O'Shea recorded seven defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, one forced fumbled and one interception in the Argos' 38-31 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week. He was named CFL defensive player of the week.
THIRD IN TACKLES
Earlier this year O'Shea rose to third in league history when he surpassed 800 career defensive tackles. Willie Pless, who played for Toronto, B.C. Lions, Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in his career from 1986-99, leads with 1,241. Alondra Johnson, who is currently with the Roughriders, is nearing 1,100.
O'Shea, who played his 200th CFL game last night, said he only became aware of the 800 mark when it was posted on the JumboTron at the SkyDome.
"I know that I'm never going to catch Alondra Johnson or Willie Pless and it doesn't matter," O'Shea said with a laugh. Asked about how many career interceptions he has had, O'Shea said he had no idea (the actual number is 20).
"I know I've dropped a few," O'Shea said, downplaying his achievement.
O'Shea said even after he's retired, he probably won't look back upon his achievements, which also include Grey Cup wins in 1996 and '97.
"For the most part I would say that I don't remember a lot about a lot of seasons, but I remember whether we've won or lost," he said. "I know that I've got my name on the Grey Cup two times. The other things you really remember are mistakes."