Bombers QB proud of streak

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:58 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Unofficially, Buck Pierce must have set some sort of record for starting games that would have kept other quarterbacks sidelined.

Pierce answered the bell for a career-high 11th straight CFL game Sunday, despite some laboured breaths due to bruised ribs that would have kept a desk jockey in bed, and he still led the Blue Bombers to a 25-23 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal.

“It hurt — nothing that set me back,” Pierce said Tuesday. “I think it was the right decision for me to tough it out and play. Sometimes, in the past, I’ve made that decision and it backfired on me, but I made it through.”

Pierce, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns with one pick, did wear a flak jacket with extra padding to protect those sore bones.

“I expect to be beat up,” he said after Sunday’s match. “I know my body, and I know what I can do. It was another game for me that I had to suck up and go out and play and perform. I’ve done that my whole career. A lot of people look at it as a negative, but I care so much about every opportunity that I do get (that) I want to make sure I take advantage of it. If I’m healthy enough to go out there and play, I’m going to play. I felt good enough to go out and execute our offence.”

Pierce has become a target for opposing defenders and when the Bombers take on the Argos in Toronto on Saturday, he will return to another scene of a CFL crime. The last time there, Argos linebacker EJ Kuale was ejected from the game for the late hit and “intent to injure” after smacking Pierce. But that is now a distant memory.

“He’s a good player and he’s going to play hard, and I’m excited to go out there and play against him,” Pierce said.

Pierce, 29, is also proud of that 11-game streak, especially coming off last year’s season season-ending elbow injury.

“We talked about that all off-season, that if we’re going to get where we want to get, I’ve got to be the guy on a consistent basis,” he said.

“I’ve done everything in my power all year to be in this spot right now and continue to lead this organization so, that’s a great feeling for me.

“Is the job done? Not even close, but I’m just going to continue to do what I’ve done and hopefully, it will all work out.”

Pierce also bounced back from his poorest showing as a CFL pivot when he threw five interceptions the week before.

“When you have that kind of adversity, the main thing is, you learn from it and you come back from it,” he said.

“That’s what professional athletes do in their career. They’ll stumble and have off games but if you’re a true professional, you’ll continue to bounce back from those.”


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