TORONTO - Matt Black had a special gift for his mom, a souvenir to recognize his first pro touchdown.
As an Argos rookie two years ago, the Northern product would field the occasional punt and handle a rare kickoff.
For Black, his ability to make tackles on the cover units became the primary reason for his full-time employment.
And then Friday night’s fourth quarter arrived and Black would produce one of those career moments that won’t be soon forgotten.
The football destined for his mom Marlane will now represent a daily reminder of an 81-yard return that was electrifying as it was improbable.
“At first I thought it was a fake,’’ recounted Black. “I saw the ball roll out and I guess he (Damon Duval) must have rugby punted it. The way it came off his foot, it looked like a pass to me, so I closed in to try to break it up. Then I realized it wasn’t a pass.
“When I saw the ball coming down, I realized I could catch it and get a no yards. But the ball bounced and when it bounced, I just picked it up anticipating to get hit right away. I didn’t, so I turned, saw an open field, saw the sideline, and just took off.”
The score would give the Argos a 25-16 lead.
“It wasn’t enough for us to get the win,’’ Black said. “It gave us an opportunity.”
It would be the only points the Argos would produce in the second half in an eventual 26-25 loss.