Huge men get emotional

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

For the Argos offensive line, winning the Grey Cup was basically a first.

Four of the five starters -- tackles John Feugill and Bernard Williams and guards Jude St. John and Sandy Annunziata -- celebrated their initial Cup win in their first appearance when the Argos beat the B.C. Lions 27-19 on Sunday at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.

It also was a new experience for veteran backup Mike Mihelic and rookie Jonathan Landon.

Centre Chad Folk was the only player on the line with a Cup victory, albeit as a backup in his rookie year in 1997.

"It's so special to win it with Mike and it's so special to win it with Jude," Annunziata said. "Me and him have waited 10 years for this. It is so, so special."

St. John, who was a teammate of Annunziata's at the University of Western Ontario, savoured the victory.

"I realize now that what makes this special is the guys you play with," St. John said. "Some of us have been together a long time and gone through some hard times, so what makes it special is doing it with these guys. They can never take this away from us and that's awesome."

Folk said after winning a Cup in his first season it was like a feeling that it was going to happen every year.

"It took a lot of work to get back here and with the organization going through ownership changes and the league running us, the one thing that didn't falter was that myself, Jude and Sandy were always together on this team," Folk said. "To win it again with these guys is something special. My first year I had a good relationship with the (veterans), but as a starter it means more just because you feel like you're able to contribute more."

The offensive line came together in the Cup, giving quarterback Damon Allen time to throw and it contributed significantly to what became a game in which Allen was voted the most outstanding player.


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