This kicker is full of grit

TED RATH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

After nearly 10 years on the team, Noel Prefontaine is often seen as the uber-Argo -- a kicker and punter who leads the CFL squad's oft-dangerous special teams with an accurate foot and a penchant for making tackles downfield, a place a kicker is rarely seen. He's also relied on from time to time as a third-string quarterback. Prefontaine sat down with 24 hours after Sunday's victory.

24 hours: As a kicker/punter, you tend to be a bit aggressive on the field. Is that something the coaches tend to welcome or do they warn you against running in for the tackle?

Noel: Don Matthews was my first coach in the CFL and he understood it. And, I think because of that, other coaches that followed have approved. When I go out there, I know what my responsibilities are, but I think the kicker or anyone who plays this game should be able to tackle. It's football.

24 hours: As a leader on special teams, on a team that tends to depend on special teams for points, there must be a certain amount of pressure on you to perform above and beyond what's usually expected of a kicker.

Noel: It does, but that comes with the territory of what we do. You deal with the pressure that comes with it, and when things are going well, you're good. When things aren't, you feel like you need to do more. It's definitely a two-way street. But it's part of being a professional athlete.

24 hours: You were married on Labour Day, the same week you went out and scored CFL Player of the Week honours.

Noel: I did. I married a lovely woman named Tanya. I complained all summer about the timing of the wedding, that I had a game on Monday. Then, lo and behold, I played my best game. 


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