Cheese Whiz Kid?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers newcomer Onterrio Smith admits he's out of shape and is a good 20 pounds...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers newcomer Onterrio Smith admits he's out of shape and is a good 20 pounds overweight. (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Here's the good news: the Whiz Kid made it through airport security without any problems.

Onterrio Smith wasn't cornered by dope-sniffing dogs, and nobody found any suspicious contraptions in his bag, a step in the right direction as the banned NFLer tries to salvage his career in Canada.

It wasn't far into his first workout with the Blue Bombers, though, that it became apparent Smith is carrying even more baggage than we knew.

Let's just say anybody trying to tackle him in camp shouldn't have a problem -- they can just reach for his love handles.

"I'm not in shape. I won't lie to you," Smith told reporters yesterday. "I've got a ways to go."

Like, 20 pounds, minimum.

Smith, who's 5-foot-10, figures he's lugging around 245 pounds, not what you'd expect from a guy desperate to resurrect his career.

Speed is supposed to be Smith's bread and butter. It appears he got the bread and butter part right, anyway. At this rate, they'll be calling him the Cheese Whiz Kid.

"My body will naturally get itself back into form," Smith said. "It's used to the intense working out, which I haven't been doing for the last year, obviously."

OBVIOUS

Yes, it's obvious.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry must have thought somebody wandered out of a nearby McDonald's and onto the field by accident.

"He looked like he needs to practice," Berry said, carefully.

Somebody wondered aloud whether it was even possible for Smith to shed that many pounds during a short CFL training camp.

"When you're that much overweight," Berry said. "You might be able to."

Berry was certainly more gracious than some coaches would have been.

It's true, until a couple of weeks ago, Smith thought he was out of football until at least October. That's when his year-long suspension from the NFL, the result of failing three drug tests, expires.

He certainly didn't expect to be up in the CFL, so the fact he isn't primed and ready to go is somewhat understandable.

You can't help but wonder, though, if this talented 25-year-old simply doesn't have the self discipline to make it as a pro.

NERVOUS

Appearing nervous as he met the media here for the first time, Smith didn't shy away from questions about his past.

He's been off drugs for a year, he told us. And he hopes the NFL keeps testing him while he's here, as expected, because that would help prove he's serious about his comeback.

He didn't condemn his past use of marijuana, and neither do we. But he didn't condone it, either.

"Some people look at marijuana as a day to day thing, where they have no issue with it," Smith said. "As far as being a professional athlete down in the States, it's not allowed. So that's what we as players have to abide by."

He managed an uncomfortable laugh when asked about the infamous Whizzinator incident, which saw him caught in the Minneapolis airport with a device -- including a fake penis -- designed to beat drug tests.

"It was just something that was found in my bag," Smith said. "And blown out of proportion."

Smith says people shouldn't write him off as a bad example for kids, either.

"People make mistakes. Have I made more mistakes than others? Yes. It's time for me to clean up my act and really mature to a level of a grown man, and stop making those foolish mistakes."

Smith admits this might be his last chance, and insists he's going to make the most of it, even though the CFL is as foreign to him as the Atkins Diet.

"I'm a fast learner," he said. "So I'll be able to work on the run."

Smith's history would suggest he doesn't learn that fast.

If he's smart, he'll make it his bread and butter.


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