QB Pierce: Inspiring Bombers 'what I do'
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
|Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce knows his style inspires his teammates. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have already been buoyed by the return of their starting quarterback.
Now, the Toronto Argonauts will have to deal with losing theirs to injury as they prepare to face the Bombers in a CFL game in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Quarterback Buck Pierce returned from an injured left foot to lead the Bombers to a 34-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Winnipeg last Saturday.
Pierce’s mere presence gave the struggling team a much-needed lift.
“It definitely adds confidence,” Bombers interim head coach Tim Burke said Tuesday. “I think our guys feel like they can win any game with Buck in there at quarterback.”
Pierce completed 21 of 31 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions, after missing the previous eight games.
But Pierce knows his style inspires teammates.
“I think that’s what I do,” he said. “It’s part of my game that maybe doesn’t show up on the stats sheets the day after or anything like that. It’s just the way I handle myself and I prepare and just go out there and play. I always made a point in my career to play like it’s my last game and just give everything you can. When you do that, I think it becomes infectious to people.”
Pierce had suffered torn ligaments to his left foot and it is still healing.
“It’s been about three days now, so it feels a little bit better,” he said. “But it’s sore. It’s gonna be sore for the rest of the way out. It’s one of those injuries that takes a long time to heal and when you do get back to play, you’re gonna be dealing with it. So, I just can’t really think about it. I just have to understand that it’s something that I have to be dealing with for the rest of the season.”
Pierce declined to confirm speculation that he needs to take a shot to freeze the foot before he plays.
“That’s really something that I’ll keep to myself, but it’s sore,” he said. “Like any injury, players do what they need to do to get out there to play.
“It was great (to return). I mean, shoot, to be able to sit back and watch and help coach and do these things, you see all the pieces. You see all the talent. You see the guys flying around making plays, and you just want to be a part of that and help put it all together.”
The Argos, meanwhile, lost quarterback Ricky Ray to a strained ACL so Jarious Jackson will start against Winnipeg.
“Any time you go to the backup quarterback — I mean there’s a reason why one guy’s No. 1 and the other guy’s No. 2 — obviously, that bodes well for us in that respect,” Burke said. “But Jarious, he’s an experienced quarterback … He’s got a great arm and he can run around. He’s very dangerous and he throws the ball deep very well and he throws the ball deep a lot. So, he presents a major challenge … I have a lot of respect for him.”