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 wouldn’t let him. The Argos slotback didn’t 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 don’t get their blocks (on the run), I don’t score.”

Christian’s 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 can’t be thinking.”

— Koshan


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