Marcus Brady has ties to Montreal that extend beyond the gridiron.
When he wanted to continue his career as a quarterback, it was the Als who offered Brady a coaching position, an opportunity to grow in a culture that would set the standard in the CFL.
As a player, his Als teammates were Anthony Calvillo, Jamel Richardson and Scott Flory, to name a few.
On Thursday, Brady returns to Montreal for the first time as a visiting coach, joining Scott Milanovich’s staff as Toronto’s offensive co-ordinator this off-season.
“The relationships, the Grey Cup wins, those are what I’ll always remember,’’ said Brady, whose days as a quarterback also included stops in Toronto and Hamilton. “I had some strong relationships with guys I played with and later coaches.
“I still keep in touch, sending texts on occasions such as Father’s Day.”
It was during his time in Toronto when Brady began to consider life after football, at least from a playing perspective.