Gavadza happy to get the call

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

After spending the better part of five years trying to make his mark with a dozen different pro teams, Jason Gavadza decided it was time to get a stable job.

He had a Super Bowl ring, earned as a practice squad member of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

He had been to a Grey Cup as a member of the 2004 B.C. Lions.

But he also had a wife and it was time to make a living, something he was doing quite comfortably until the phone rang Monday.

Now the Toronto native is a part of his hometown team headed to Montreal to play the Alouettes in Sunday's East Division final.

"You can't play football forever and I went forward with that," said Gavadza, who pursued a career in real estate after finishing his career with the Lions last year. Talk about excitement, this is great -- athlete by day, agent by night."

The 6-fooot-3, 206-pound fullback/tight end was signed to replace another Canadian, fullback Jeff Johnson, who was injured in the East semi-final win over Winnipeg.

With his business going well and wife Bernie on board, Gavadza can't wait to get into action.

Tough

"It was tough (to quit)," Gavadza said yesterday after his first practice with the Argos. "But you've got to be a man and make a decision. Sometimes family takes priority.

"(Bernie) is so excited for me, there were tears in her eyes. Not me, I was like 'Where are my cleats?' I called my trainer and told him I needed a three-day workout."

Argos coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons said yesterday that he expects Gavadza will see some time on special teams and tight end against the Als.

"This is deja vu from 2000 when Baltimore called me after the first playoff game and said they needed a tight end," the 29-year-old Michael Power grad said.

"(The Argos) told me they want me to be ready for some tight end and fullback play. I'm ready, that's what I've been doing for 15 years of my life."


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