Copeland no quitter

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 AM ET

TORONTO - If Jeremaine Copeland gets 89 receiving yards against the Calgary Stampeders Friday night, it will be a special moment in his career.

Just dont think for a second the Toronto Argonauts receiver will ride off into the sunset afterwards.

There would be no more fitting way to hit the

10,000-yard mark than to do it against the team he spent five seasons with and helped to a Grey Cup victory.

Despite slowing down the past two seasons and not hitting the endzone yet this year, the 34-year-old receiver isnt thinking about retirement. No way, he says.

I know its not over for me, Copeland said. I feel great and Im healthy.

Im still running routes well, and I can make plays when the ball comes my way. Its not time for me to call it quits yet.

The decision on whether or not hes back in Toronto might not be up to Copeland. After a campaign where the Argos will miss the post-season, there are likely to be changes to the roster.

We will address all those things in the off-season, GM-head coach Jim Barker said. He wouldnt be here unless hes a viable player.

For the first time in his 11-year CFL career, Copeland wont take part in the post-season.

The Argos were eliminated last week, marking the first time the slotback can remember in his entire life not finishing a football season with a playoff game.

Now, the Argos are left to play for personal achievements, and Copelands would be an impressive one.

If he beats B.C. Lions slotback Arland Bruce (79 yards away) to the 10,000-barrier, he would be the 14th player in CFL history to do it.

To be able to have longevity in your career, to put up over 10,000 is something special, no matter how the season ends, Copeland said.

This game isnt based on individual stats. But as an individual, this is a stat a lot of guys would love to have.

If it comes this week, it would be awesome. You cant compare it what is happening this season.

It will let people know what Ive done, how I had the longevity. Its not just this season. I look at it as a blessing.


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