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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn (left) is grateful for Khari Jones taking him under...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn (left) is grateful for Khari Jones taking him under his wing. (BRIAN DONOGH/ SUN MEDIA)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

The similarities are uncanny.

Khari Jones, who just retired as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber yesterday, was handed the starting job after the CFL club dealt starter Kerwin Bell to Toronto in 2000. Kevin Glenn was promoted to starting signal-caller when Jones was traded to Calgary in 2004.

Jones was acquired from B.C. Glenn was acquired from Saskatchewan via a Toronto deal.

Jones was named the Most Outstanding Player in 2001, the year he led the Bombers to the Grey Cup game. Glenn is being touted as an MOP candidate this season when expectations are that he will lead the club to the Grey Cup game -- although two straight losses have clouded those issues.

Jones led the CFL with most completions (329), most passing yards (5,545) and most touchdown passes (30) in 2001.

This year, Glenn leads the CFL with most completions (337), most passing yards (4,557) and is tied for second in TD tosses (23).

Jones also tossed a record 23 touchdown passes to slotback Milt Stegall in 2002. Glenn passed to Stegall for the all-time CFL TD record earlier this year.

"Everybody used to say I was his brother when I first got here," Glenn said yesterday. "They used to call me 'Khari's Little Brother, Kevin.' So, there are some similarities.

"And it's good to be able to throw the ball to Milt. I always kid (Jones) that I would throw more touchdowns to Milt if he keeps playing. He had a longer career with Milt but if I was able to get Milt to stay around a couple more years, I'd probably throw more touchdown passes to him."

Both QBs have also had their share of knockers during their careers.

"He kind of forewarned me," Glenn said. "He took me under his wing and told me what to expect from the media, from what goes on in town, some contract stuff. He was a real good help.

"You don't always get too many guys like that, especially when you're dealing with the same position. He was a guy who really reached out when I got here. There was never any animosity between us. We're real good friends."

Glenn added that allowing Jones to officially retire as a Bomber was a classy move.

But there is one other similarity that Glenn will not welcome. The Bombers lost to Calgary in the last game of the regular season in 2001, allowing the Stampeders to make the playoffs. The Stamps would then go on to beat the Bombers in the Grey Cup. Calgary just downed the Bombers 38-25 last week and come to town tomorrow night for a re-match.

But, despite losing three of their last four games, Glenn saw no reason to address the troops as one of their established leaders

"Everybody knows what's at hand," he said. "Nobody needs to reiterate what's at stake. Everybody knows that this is our profession ... We're grown men so, you don't need someone who's hovering over you and keep banging into your head what's at hand.

"I feel like everybody in this locker-room will take it upon themselves to get their jobs done and when you've got 12 guys on the field getting their own jobs done, then you'll have success, and you'll have wins."

But, like Jones before him, the Bombers will lean heavily on Glenn to lead them out of these doldrums into the Promised Land.


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