The newest member of the Edmonton Eskimos, receiver Chris Getzlaf, met with reporters in Regina on Friday, one day after signing with the rival Eskimos. Here are some notes from the gathering:
- "It's a great opportunity. They're the defending Grey Cup champions with a solid core of players and hopefully I'll be able to add to that mix."
- "There was a tiny bit of discussion (with the Riders) off the start but it faded away pretty quick and they were nice enough to let me know they weren't going to be offering me anything and I could wrap my mind around being somewhere else."
- "It was difficult to accept. It's been a phenomenal nine years and not everybody gets the chance to play that amount of time anywhere let alone the city you grew up in. There's a lot of memories that'll never be forgotten."
- "The Riders came in with a plan and a vision of what the team was going to look like and unfortunately I wasn't going to be in that vision. To each their own. They've had a lot of success in this league."
- "Not once. Not at all. (Regarding considering retirement). I've got a lot of ball left in me and at no point in time did I consider retiring. I'm excited for the new opportunity."
- Getzlaf said he's been working out religiously and that his feet are 100%. They've hampered him with injuries the past two seasons.
- Despite Chris playing for Edmonton, the Chris Getzlaf & Friends Charity Golf Classic will be back for a third year in Avonlea in late-May.