Heisman foes on same page

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

When quarterback Michael Bishop returned to the Argos in August, he renewed acquaintances with his former teammates and one famous ex-foe.

Bishop and running back Ricky Williams go way back to a memorable 1998 weekend together in New York City.

It was at the Downtown Athletic Club that Williams, the University of Texas star, was crowned Heisman Award winner over runner-up Bishop, of Kansas State.

"(Ricky and I) had some fun together, going out to the clubs and enjoying all the activities," Bishop said yesterday. "We had played against each other in college so we knew each other before that. But we had a good time."

Williams was the runaway winner of the award with 2,355 points to Bishop's 792 and went on to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

That Heisman class had pretty good company, too.

Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper also were finalists and went on to success in the NFL as well as defensive back Champ Bailey and receiver Tory Holt.

Bishop, who was 22-3 in his college career, was selected in the seventh round by the New England Patriots.

As Big 12 opponents from their playing days, Williams remembers Bishop, of course, but also has been impressed by what he has seen by him everyday in Argo practice.

"I have to say he's probably the best athlete on the team and when he gets in the game, people get excited because of his athletic ability," Williams said on Sunday. "I think in the past he has been frustrated and had problems, but all year he has stayed positive."

JOHNSON OUT

Argos running back Jeff Johnson is expected to be out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his ankle against the Bombers.


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