During a 16-season career in the Canadian Football League that one day correctly will conclude when he goes into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Mike O’Shea was the ultimate team player.
It’s of no surprise to learn the 43-year-old native of North Bay cuts from the same cloth in his first season as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
O’Shea, at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ office for media availability on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game between the Bombers and Ticats at McMaster University, interrupted when he was reminded he was getting the credit for the Bombers’ turnaround.
“Undeserved,” O’Shea said. “We have a good group of players, we have good leadership at the top. Great coaching staff. At the root of it all is the players we have in the locker room. They buy in.”
Mostly a doormat for the past six seasons, the Bombers haven’t won the Grey Cup since 1990, the longest streak of futility in the CFL.