Bitter-sweet night for O'Shea

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

There will be a time when Mike O'Shea will allow himself to enjoy the milestone he reached last night at the Rogers Centre.

It wasn't immediately after the game, however and it likely won't be tomorrow, either.

When the 14-year CFL veteran collared Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kenton Keith in the third quarter last night, he became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 yards.

That it came in a losing cause goes against everything the Argos linebacker holds important, however.

"It was a great accomplishment, but if you know (Osh), you know he wants to win," Argos linebacker Michael Fletcher said of his popular teammate.

"He probably won't even take the game ball, that's the kind of guy he is."

It is a sign of his humility, that O'Shea says it's a testament to his longevity that he joins Willie Pless (1,241) and Alondra Johnson (1,084).

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It's a sign of his talent and drive that he has been so successful throughout that career.

"I'm sure every athlete would say this, but the loss doesn't really allow me to enjoy this," said O'Shea, who became the first Canadian-born player to reach the mark when he made three tackles last night.

"There were too many mistakes. Too many missed opportunities to allow you to enjoy something like this. Maybe in time. Maybe after we win the Grey Cup on November 19."

Argos coach Michael Clemons shared the pain as O'Shea walked by him after the game. The coach shook his head, wishing he could give his star player what he wanted most.

"This is a just reward, every tackle he has recorded, he has earned," Clemons said.

"But to not win the game on the night he reaches it. That's just not right."


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