Want patience? Newest Argonaut knows the word

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

TORONTO - Dwayne Wright has been on football teams from coast to coast.

And one of these years, he would like to get back to actually playing in a game.

The record-setting running back from Fresno State signed with the Argonauts yesterday, joining the practice roster.

Football brought me to Canada and Im looking forward to getting back to having some fun and after one practice I think that can happen here, said Wright, who started his NFL sojourn after being drafted by the Bills in 2007. Since then he has played with the Eagles, Steelers and had too many NFL tryouts to want to remember. But the resume always ends the same way with the words: Waived as a final roster cut. My expectations have been the same my whole life help the team win, play football and have fun. My whole four years in the NFL I lost that. I missed playing in the games. You get shuffled around in the NFL. The money is good but I like to have fun on the field.

Other than a cameo with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL this year, he hasnt played in a regular-season game in more than a year and a half.

That wont change soon in Toronto with Cory Boyd in charge here but theres always next year.

Wright has had a lifetime of waiting for next year. He set a Fresno State record with two 1,000-yard seasons but missed two seasons after wrecking his knee. What keeps you going is the drive to succeed. You see your peers playing and you want to be able to do it as well. Not playing for one or two years is not hard, he said, when you see guys that shouldnt be there who are in the NFL ... it just has kept the drive alive.

There is one upside to the injuries and to the game of watch-and-wait. Im still young, said Wright, who is 27. I dont have a lot of miles on my body.


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