Big brother was watching out for Petie Scarborough.
Thanks to his half-brother John Avery, the rookie wide receiver has a chance to play professional football with the Argos.
Scarborough, who spent time working for a construction company last year after leaving Division II Mars Hill College in 2003, was signed by the Argos this year after their starting running back gave his younger brother a strong recommendation.
"It's terrible (being out of football)," Scarborough, 23, said yesterday at training camp. "For a while, I had to do 9-to-5. That just took the cake. I knew I had to get back on the gridiron."
At one point Scarborough figured his football days were over.
"But when you've got a brother saying you've still got it and he's playing football, it helps. He has been a role model all my life."
Named the USA Today North Carolina high school player of the year in 2000, Scarborough bounced between three colleges before taking last year off to train and work at home in Asheville, N.C. He said he was recruited by some Division I schools, including Auburn, but grades forced him to start at a junior college.
While the Argos are stacked at receiver, Avery thinks Scarborough can play at this level.
"He went to the same high school as me and nobody forgot about me until he came," Avery, who is rooming with Scarborough at training camp, said. "I didn't get (his) accolades."
While it's unclear if Scarborough can match Avery's talent level, he does share the veteran's wit.
"A North Carolina guy ends up with a city (Scarborough) named after his last name (nearby)," Scarborough said. "Beautiful."
THE QUARTERBACK CLUB
Vice-president of football operations Adam Rita said the Argos might have interest in bringing back quarterback Stanley Jackson, who was released by Winnipeg Sunday. The Argos only have three quarterbacks in camp and there is a growing possibility Michael Bishop will not report. Jackson was the Argos' starter in 2002 before suffering a knee injury.
"I like Toronto, I never wanted to leave," Jackson said. "It was the first team I called (after being released by Winnipeg)."