It’s been a different season for receiver Chris Getzlaf. After years of playing high school, junior, university, and professional football in Regina he was released by the Riders following the 2015 season. Getzlaf signed with the Eskimos in the off-season making another city other than Regina home for the first time since playing two games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2007 season.
On Sunday Getzlaf will return to Regina for the first time since signing with the Eskimos as the team will play their final game at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.
This season Getzlaf has 29 catches for 337 yards and has scored one touchdown. Head coach Jason Maas says he’s impressed with Getzlaf’s contributions to the Eskimos this season.
“He’s been great. We talk about being an Eskimo and he’s an Eskimo,” Maas said. “He’s done it the right way, he’s professional. He comes to work every single day. Hard worker and has understood what we’re trying to do philosophy wise on offense from day one. I think he’s been a great role model for the younger guys and I think he’s bought into the Eskimo way.”
For the Eskimos they are looking to break a two-game losing streak and help their playoff chances. Right now the Eskimos are six points back of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for third place in the Western Division. The Eskimos best chance of a post-season berth maybe via the crossover as the team sits tied for third place in the Eastern Division with the Toronto Argonauts. A win over the Riders would put the Eskimos back in the crossover playoff position.
Kick-off Sunday from Mosaic Stadium is 2:30pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show starting at 1pm.