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. Two of the best, Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes and Henry Burris of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, are 40 and 38 respectively heading into the 2013 season. The 39-year-old Kerry Joseph, who began his career with the defunct Ottawa Renegades, is hanging on as a back-up with the Edmonton Eskimos. But neither Calvillo nor Burris looks to be slowing down. "Anthony is in phenomenal shape for his age," Montreal general manager Jim Popp said. "Hes playing at the highest level, MVP level. "So we dont really look at his age. When the day comes that he says Im retiring, I just cant do any more on the field, then it becomes more of a panic button scenario." There was speculation last winter that Calvillo may pack it in when Marc Trestman left after five years to become head coach of the NFL Chicago Bears, but Calvillo was back in camp under new coach Dan Hawkins. And why not? He completed 333 passes to reach the 5,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his career in 2012, despite playing through an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder that hindered his throwing motion and required off-season surgery. Two seasons ago, the East Los Angeles native broke a handful of passing records set by Damon Allen, who played until he was 44. Calvillo enters his 20th CFL season, his 16th with Montreal, with 5,777 completions for 78,494 yards and 449 touchdowns. If he stays healthy, he should top 10,000 pass attempts, 6,000 completions and 80,000 yards this season. If he doesnt stay upright, Montreal could be in big trouble. His backup in recent years, Adrian McPherson, is gone, and he will have third-stringer Josh Neiswander and rookie Tanner Marsh as contingency plans. "Were always preparing people," said Popp. "The truth is you dont know what you have until you have to play someone else and see how they perform." Burris is also coming off a year that saw him establish career highs in completions (391), attempts (604), yards (5,367) and TDs (43) for the Ticats, who otherwise were a bust at 6-12 despite a league-leading offence. Burris has thrown for over 4,000 yards in eight of the last nine years. Bringing in the experienced Kent Austin as head coach may be what Hamilton needs to get a talented group to succeed on the field and keep Burris at his top level in his 15th CFL campaign. "He had a really good camp, he really did," Austin said. "He came in in great shape, he was stronger than last year from what I understand. "He threw the ball pretty well most of camp. Hes really smart, he takes coaching, he wants to be good and wants to win." Not only did Austin win Grey Cups as a player, hes also excelled with veteran quarterbacks as a coach. He was the Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator in 04 when Allen was a Grey Cup champion and CFL MVP and was the Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach in 07 when Joseph earned the same double achievement. "Hes brought success to quarterbacks and also brought success to his teams," Burris said. "Hes a great coach and both Damon and Kerry have told me Im going to enjoy working with him." Burris, acquired in a 2012 trade from Calgary, is backed up by the returning Dan LeFevour and by Jeremiah Masoli. Nearly every CFL team can kiss its championship hopes goodbye if its starting quarterback has a serious injury. Except Calgary. The Stampeders didnt miss a beat last season when Drew Tate dislocated a shoulder in the second game of the 2012 season. Veteran Kevin Glenn stepped in and went 10-5, putting up 4,220 passing yards with a career-best 66.7 completion percentage. When Tate was hurt again in the playoffs, Glenn took them to the Grey Cup game. Both are back, along with impressive third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell. The poster boy for quarterback injuries in Winnipegs Buck Pierce, who has started only 28 of 54 games in the last three seasons. When hes healthy, Pierces battling style produces more wins than losses, like in 2011 when he played 16 games and got the Blue Bombers to the Grey Cup game. But last year he played three, sat out eight with a knee injury, came back to beat Hamilton, then got hurt again. His back-ups from last year, Joey Elliott and Alex Brink, are gone, so Justin Goltz is the new No. 2. Goltz played three games last season. The heat will be on Ricky Ray to lead Toronto to a second Grey Cup after a phenomenal first season in double blue following his move from Edmonton. The 33-year-old threw for 4,069 yards in 14 starts last season, and was more impressive in the post-season as he outduelled Calvillo in the East final and then took his third career Grey Cup. With veteran Jarious Jackson gone, Ray is backed by Trevor Harris and Zack Collaros. In Saskatchewan, 30-year-old Darian Durant returns for an eighth season after a so-so 2012 campaign by his standards. He started 16 games and threw for 3,878 yards and 20 TDs. The Roughriders have a promising back-up in Drew Willy, who started twice and completed 69 of 95 passes for 709 yards and five TDs. In Vancouver, Travis Lulays performances dipped a tad from 2011, when he was named outstanding player of both the regular season and the Grey Cup game. But he remains perhaps the leagues most dangerous double threat to pass or run the ball. His back-ups include Elliott and Thomas DeMarco, because last years much-coveted No. 2, Mike Reilly, is now an Edmonton Eskimo. Reilly was in a lively battle for the starting job in Edmonton when his rival Matt Nichol suffered a season-ending knee injury in the pre-season. Now, after three years as a back-up in B.C., the 28-year-old will get his chance to be a full-time starter. He completed 52 passes for 682 yards and four TDs last season for the Lions. Kelly Oubre Jr. Jersey
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. The unrestricted free agent agreed to terms with the club on Thursday on a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000.PITTSBURGH -- The lessons Chuck Noll passed down to his players -- maxims that often applied as much to life as to football -- are tacked on the wall in Mike Mularkeys office. They say things like "stress is when you dont know what youre doing" and "I wasnt hired to motivate players, I was hired to coach motivated players." They ring as true now as they did when Mularkey heard them the first time playing tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame coach 25 years ago. Its why Mularkey made sure he had a chance to say goodbye, joining Steelers past and present, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several hundred friends and family on Tuesday for a funeral mass honouring Noll, who passed away last week at age 82. "Ive gotten more from Chuck off the field as much as I got on the field about how to do things the right way," said Mularkey, now a tight ends coach with Tennessee. "Family was important. Balance in life was important." And that, as much as the record four Super Bowls Noll won while transforming the Steelers from an NFL afterthought into a dynasty during the 1970s is what will resonate for the city he championed and the team he built from scratch. The men he moulded embraced at Saint Paul Cathedral. They clutched programs featuring a picture of a vibrant Noll wearing a polo shirt, shorts and the closest he ever came to a smile while at work. Each vowed to carry on the lessons Noll imparted from his first day of coaching to his waning days. Steelers President Art Rooney II and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene were among the pallbearers, a responsibility Greene wished he could have avoided but one he ultimately welcomed as a final gift from the coach who changed his life. "It meant Chuck was thinking of me," Greene said, "and thats special." Noll and Greene will be forever entwined in Steelers history. Noll was a rookie head coach in 1969 when he selected the massive but somewhat unknown Greene in the first round of the NFL draft. It was a pick met with skepticism but one that changed the course of the organization and Greenes life. "If he hadnt chosen me, maybe I wouldnt have been a Pittsburgh Steeler," Greene said. "Maybe I wouldnt have had the opportunity to be coached by Chuck Noll. And that probably would not have fared very well for me." Instead, Noll and Greene served as the ccore of a team that dominated the 1970s, winning four titles in a six-year span thanks to a seemingly never-ending stream of Hall of Famers guided by a man who made it his mission to ensure they learned more than just Xs and Os. Tim Frazier Jersey
. Greene, nicknamed "Mean Joe" for his menacing demeanour on the field, remembers destroying a door one day "when things werent going my way." Rather than let Greene off the hook or rip into the cornerstone of the "Steel Curtain" defence, Noll took a different approach. "Chuck came to the room and knocked on the door and said Thatll be $500 and that was the end of the story," Greene said. Despite rising to the top of his profession, Noll preferred not to bask in the limelight. Its telling that while Hall of Famers like Greene, Blount, running back Franco Harris and wide receiver John Stallworth sat in the pews at the cathedral -- just a few miles across town from where Noll worked at bygone Three Rivers Stadium -- they were surrounded by longtime employees of the organization and friends from all walks of life. Bishop David Zubik, who performed Tuesdays ceremony, was a young priest in the late 1970s when he somehow managed to get Noll to agree to give a speech on leadership to a group of high school athletes. They set it up in the spring of 1979. The speech wasnt until January 1980. Months passed. The season came and went, ending with the Steelers beating the Los Angeles Rams at the Rose Bowl to claim the teams fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy. Two days later back in Pittsburgh, Noll drove himself to the retreat where he found a stunned Zubik waiting for him. Noll delivered as promised, giving a rousing talk to a group of young players that included future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, then a local prep star. It didnt matter that Noll might have been exhausted. It didnt matter that he had every right to cancel. That simply wasnt Nolls way. He made a promise. He had to keep it. "Thats the thing about coach Noll," Zubik said. "Everybody was important." Its a legacy that will carry on in the city Noll called home and within the walls of the franchise he defined. "Four championships, youve got to feel that," current Steelers centre Maurkice Pouncey said. "We walk by those Super Bowl trophies every day here, and it all started with Coach Noll." NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys China NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys China NFL Gear Cheap Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China
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