TORONTO - If Jeremaine Copeland gets 89 receiving yards against the Calgary Stampeders Friday night, it will be a special moment in his career.
Just don’t 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 isn’t thinking about retirement. No way, he says.
“I know it’s not over for me,” Copeland said. “I feel great and I’m healthy.
“I’m still running routes well, and I can make plays when the ball comes my way. It’s not time for me to call it quits yet.”
The decision on whether or not he’s 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 wouldn’t be here unless he’s a viable player.”
For the first time in his 11-year CFL career, Copeland won’t 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 Copeland’s 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 isn’t 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 can’t compare it what is happening this season.
“It will let people know what I’ve done, how I had the longevity. It’s not just this season. I look at it as a blessing.”