Flying? Give this Argo a hulking lineman any day

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

TORONTO - Taylor Robertson loves his job as one of the Argonauts’ starting offensive guards.

It’s the travel that Robertson hates. There’s likely not another Argo who dreads getting on an airplane as much as Robertson does, and the crash in Russia on Wednesday that claimed the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team gave Robertson pause for thought.

“People hate to mention it, but they ask the question of what happens if the whole team went down,” Robertson said. “When you lose a team, there is devastation. Sports has such a large impact on the world, and we saw how much of a healing process sports was with 9/11.”

A native of Brantford, Robertson played college football at Central Florida. He remembered one game at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., that was close to the anniversary of the plane crash in 1970 that killed 37 members of the school’s football team.

“I always think of Marshall,” Robertson said. “The Huntington airport is probably one of the scariest in terms of the runway, which pops up in the middle of a mountain, and when the runway is done, there is more mountain.”

Robertson, who turns 31 on Thursday, has been a regular in the Canadian Football League since 2004, when he was a member of the Calgary Stampeders. His fear of flying has not waned as he has criss-crossed the country numerous times as a player.

“It progressively has got worse,” Robertson said. “It just gets on my nerves. You are sitting there and out of the blue you can drop and you’re shaking around. I have noise-cancelling headphones, so I don’t hear any of the cricks and cracks.

“I know you are safer in a plane than you are in a car, but it’s just a feeling of not having control of what you are riding in. I’m always anxious to get off the plane.”


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