WINNIPEG - Chris Garrett arrived in Winnipeg ready to reclaim his job as the Blue Bombers’ starting tailback.
The new tattoo on his right arm said everything about his mindset.
“I did get a new tattoo of the Underdog, because I feel I’m the underdog in every situation,” Garrett said. “So I guess that is my mascot for right now.”
It wasn’t long ago Garrett was the top dog in the Bomber backfield, averaging nearly 100 yards over a six-game debut in 2011, then almost singlehandedly carrying the Bombers into the Grey Cup game with a 190-yard playoff performance.
But 2012 was a disaster for Garrett, as the 5-foot-7 spark plug from Utica, NY., tore his Achilles tendon in practice and missed the entire season.
Chad Simpson went a long way in making people forget about him, rushing for 1,039 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry, catching 33 passes and earning the nod as Winnipeg’s Outstanding Player Award nominee.