Joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at this stage of the game is like winning an all-expenses-paid trip on the Titanic.
Scott Robinson, however, isn't looking at it that way. In fact, the wide receiver couldn't be happier about joining a team that is 4-10 and about to miss the playoffs for the second season in a row.
Robinson, you see, was back home in Vancouver working in "property management." That's the fancy way of saying he was fixing drywall holes and toilets in apartment buildings.
"This kind of feels like a dream in a way, I haven't woken up," Robinson said prior to his second practice with the Bombers. "The transition from working -- hammering nails into a wall and this and that -- to catching footballs is like, 'Wow! Not bad.'"
Not bad at all, considering his football career was looking as promising as his new team's playoff hopes. His parents, Peter and Carol, are pumped, too, because they both grew up in Manitoba.
Robinson, 27, was drafted by the B.C. Lions in 2001, but he was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos in October of that year.
He spent the past three seasons with the Eskimos as a special teams player and part-time receiver, registering 52 receptions, 572 yards and three touchdowns in 53 career games.
He re-signed with the Eskimos in the off-season, but he lost his job to 21-year-old Robert Leblanc during training camp. Robinson's last CFL action, coincidentally, was an exhibition game against the Bombers in June.
He spent the next month trying to hook up with another team.
"There were no bites. I was changing the lure to see what would happen, and nothing worked out," he said. "So after the first month went by I was like, OK, I guess that's it."
While his agent continued to seek CFL employment for him, Robinson found a real job. He went to work on Wednesday thinking it was just another day and another dollar, but Bombers GM Brendan Taman called at 4:30 p.m., and he was back in the game.
And tomorrow, just five days after signing, Robinson will be the Bombers' fifth receiver when they host the Lions (11-2) at Canad Inns Stadium.
The coaching staff has been impressed with his route running and his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame.
With Winnipeg all but out of post-season contention, Robinson has a chance to extend his CFL career even longer with a strong showing in the next four games.
"It could be, yeah," he said. "I just look at it as four weeks of playing football.
"I'm kind of eager to prove myself, not only to myself but to the coaches that cut me (in Edmonton) and just to the league, to see what I'm made of."