Blue place contest winner on neg list

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

When mechanical engineer Brian Diesbourg drilled a 50-yard field goal Thursday night to win $1-million, the joke was current CFL placekickers should be worried about their jobs.

Start biting those fingernails, Troy Westwood, because the million-dollar kicker is now property of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

GM Brendan Taman put Diesbourg on Winnipeg's negotiation list yesterday, which means the Blue and Gold now own his CFL rights.

Taman wouldn't confirm yesterday's transaction, but he obviously appreciated what the 25-year-old accomplished during the Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion at half-time of Thursday's Toronto-Hamilton game at Rogers Centre.

"The guy made a 50-yard kick under very, very serious circumstances," Taman said.

Westwood, meanwhile, attracted all kinds of attention yesterday, as media members swarmed the veteran placekicker's locker to get his thoughts on Diesbourg's remarkable boot.

It was suggested during the TSN broadcast of Thursday's Toronto-Hamilton game that Diesbourg, an amateur soccer player from Ontario who had never kicked a football before Thursday night, might actually have a future as a CFL placekicker.

Westwood, who is 0-for-1 from 50 yards or more this season, scoffed at the notion, although it's believed he wasn't aware at the time that Taman had secured Diesbourg's rights.

"No. Hell no. Come on, man, that's ridiculous," Westwood said. "... You're going to throw him into a game situation with a snap, a hold and he's gotta get it off in two seconds or whatever? That's a way different game.

"There's no chance in hell that guy's going to be playing in the league next year.

"But who am I to say anything when he, in five minutes, made more with one kick than I have in 15 years of playing in the league?"

Westwood went on to praise Diesbourg's feat.

"It was a great kick," he said. "The way he kicked it, guys try for years to perfect that type of kick, because if you're into a 25 km/h wind and you need a 36-yard field goal, that's the type of kick you want to hit. I don't know if he realizes how remarkable that was.

"He was kicking soccer style, but where he had to hit the ball to kick it that low and that far, it was really a tremendous kick. And then the helicopter motion at the end. It was just awesome. It was so fun to watch."

Diesbourg, who barely missed field goals from 20, 30 and 40 yards prior to the 50-yard bomb, told the media Thursday night that he wouldn't rule out giving the CFL a shot.

Taman is known for putting long shots and odd balls on his neg list, including wrestler Brock Lesnar, sprinter Donovan Bailey and NFLers Kordell Stewart and Deion Sanders, but it sounds like he just might be willing to give Diesbourg a shot at next year's training camp.

"You never know where you can find talent," Taman said.


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