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Eskimos notes: Godfather set for 12th season in Edmonton

He’s gonna make them a highlight offer they can’t refuse.

He always does.

The 2018 season marks the 12th for Eskimos fullback Calvin McCarty, who continues to amaze his teammates with his longevity, work ethic and soft, soft hands.

“He’s the Godfather, we’re in awe of Calvin on a daily basis,” said linebacker J.C. Sherritt. “This is eight years for us together and he’s never changed. At all. It’s wild. He’s kind of a phenomenon.”

McCarty is a tough, bruising player who has always been great in the dressing room. And his circus catches seem to be an annual ritual, finding their way into everyone’s Plays of the Year package.

“You know he’s going to find his way onto a Top 10 list,” said Sherritt, who loves the one-handed catches, even if he jokingly suspects some of the might just be for show.

“We kind of think he does it on purpose, where he could actually just catch it with two, but we still like the entertainment.”

McCarty has seen a lot of changes to Commonwealth Stadium, and to football in general, during his time here. Training camp used to be punishing two-a-days in full pads with full contact. Now teams have recovery days for the players to recharge and limit the number of days they are required to wear full pads.

Rather than having players bang their heads together 30 times a practice, the focus has shifted to the mental side of the game.

“It’s a lot more mental with the evolution of the offences,” said the 33-year-old. “Players have to prepare for more things. Our playbook is infinite, really.

“Football is just becoming smarter overall. Obviously science has improved and technology has improved and the education about the physical side of football, how taxing it is on your body, has obviously helped get us to this point now where we do have things like recovery days.”


Credit: Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun