Kerry Joseph comes from a little town in Louisiana and spent the past three years in the CFL's smallest market, but he is now ready for a big-city splash.
The Argonauts' new quarterback already looked primed to bust out of the skin tight ceremonial sweater presented to him yesterday at the Rogers Centre after being introduced to the media.
"I always loved it in Saskatchewan," Joseph said. "I was able to touch a lot of lives, in the community and with kids. But sometimes the man upstairs has a different plan in mind."
One that revolved around a salary-cap crunch with the Grey Cup-champion Roughriders, who traded him here.
"This is certainly a bigger city," Joseph said. "I know the team has done a good job here attracting fans. This will be a blessing for me."
Joseph had several charitable causes in the Regina area that he hopes to continue here, perhaps with children or food donations to the needy. He promotes both as well as his football team on-line with KJ-TV via YouTube.
But he has a mean streak on the field, where his ability as both a rusher (737 yards, 13 TDs) and passer (24 passes for majors) made him last year's CFL outstanding player.
"When we played against him when he was with Ottawa, he got into a fight with (Argos linebacker) Michael Fletcher," said Argos head coach Rich Stubler. "He's got a linebacker's mentality. This is good for us. Defending against him has been a headache for me."
Joseph attended McNeese State, but got his first break through NFL Europe with teams in England and Germany. He spent a few years as a safety with the Seattle Seahawks before finding a niche as a quarterback in Canada with the Ottawa Renegades.