Christian's record return 'pretty cool'

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

Ryan Christian ran 110 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return and then tried to give the football away.

His teammates wouldnt let him. The Argos slotback didnt keep the ball from his record-setting run against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday night, and when he was presented with a game ball, he tried to give it back to the team.

I think our entire special teams deserved it, Christian said. (Bryan) Crawford has been working his butt off the whole year and he does not get the spotlight. I think guys like that deserve it. If they dont get their blocks (on the run), I dont score.

Christians scamper broke the Argos team record of 109 yards, which had been held since 1981 by Terry Greer. The touchdown gave the Argos a 21-7 lead and snuffed any momentum the Als might have had, considering they had just scored their first major.

There is no question, to be able to come right back with a score is deflating for them and tremendously uplifting for us, Argos coach Jim Barker said. So it was a huge play.

Christian finished the field-long run with a front flip and said he was still a little sore on Monday thanks to the hard landing. But getting in the franchise record book was not a bad soother.

It is pretty cool, pretty special, Christian said. I was really tired after that run. My hamstrings were just shot.

I could not tell you what it was, but I sensed something was going to happen. I did not know if I was going to score or not, but I felt a big play coming on. It was just reacting and seeing the blocks. You cant be thinking.

Koshan


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