Neufeld happy to ditch Rider green for Bomber Blue and Gold

Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Pat Neufeld runs through a drill during CFL football...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Pat Neufeld runs through a drill during CFL football practice in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday June 01, 2014. Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

 

As Paddy Neufeld was leaving Investors Group Field on Sunday afternoon, a Bomber fan was asking players to sign the hood of her blue and gold painted truck.

Neufeld was a little taken aback but eager to do so. "Absolutely," the Bombers offensive lineman said, taking the marker. "I've never signed a truck before -- and I played in Saskatchewan."

Not only did Neufeld play in Saskatchewan, but he's from Saskatchewan. He was born in Saskatchewan. He went to university in Saskatchewan. Then last October he got traded to Winnipeg for defensive end Alex Hall, which is kind of like going from the Habs to the Leafs or from the Yankees to the Red Sox.

So understandably it took a while for Neufeld to get over that, especially as the Riders were marching towards a Grey Cup victory on their own turf two months after the trade.

"Yeah, it still stung a bit, but by that point I was pretty much out of the Rider cult and focusing here on Winnipeg," he said.

 


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