So, yes, Ken-Yon Rambo will no longer catch passes for the Calgary Stampeders. It’s not a great day all around. I have nothing but admiration for the way Rambo handled himself on and off the field. Always gracious in interviews, always accommodating, always a smile on his face. He’ll be missed, and here’s hoping that the leg issues are dealt with and he shows up somewhere in a CFL uniform.
In speaking with Rambo this morning, he was predictably not in a chatty mood, but he was professional about a situation that he says he never saw coming.
“No, not really,” admitted Rambo on Friday morning, as his former teammates were packing their bags for their charter flight to Regina. “It was a surprise to me. I understand it’s a business and all that. We just came to a conclusion. It is what it is. I can’t say too much about it.”
Which is the right approach, of course. But Rambo couldn’t hide his frustration at being let down by his legs after struggling with the same Achilles tendinitis issue last season.
“Oh, I’m very frustrated,” he said. “Frustrated isn’t the word for it. I felt good (coming into camp). I felt real good. It’s a funny thing. I don’t know if my offseason workouts had something to do with it. But I haven’t changed my training regimen since I started my football career in Calgary. I work hard, I train hard. I take my job very seriously. It’s frustrating when things come up like this…(Stamps coach and GM John Hufnagel) talked about my Achilles. He was just like, he needs guys out there performing and I wasn’t performing. I guess that was his conclusion.”
While Rambo was being forced to watch practice, Landan Talley and Marquay McDaniel were active participants, and also were doing return work, and that played into the decision.
Rambo will go back to Dallas to do some rehab work, but plans to seek employment in the CFL once he’s healthy.
“Definitely. I know I have more in the tank,” he said. “I mean, 25-year-olds get tendinitis in their Achilles. Everything else feels great in my body, my hamstring, my knees feel awesome. Tendinitis? You can get that at any age. That’s not just about getting older. I just have to get is Achilles right. That’s the key, just getting healthy and getting back out there on the field. That’s the next step for me.”
As for his time in Calgary, Rambo can’t say anything bad about the seven seasons he spent here.
“I met some great guys during my years in Calgary,” he said. “Great, great guys, friends I’m gong to have for a long time. I enjoyed every part of the journey. The fans were awesome, the city is awesome, the organization was awesome. I couldn’t ask for more from the city.”
While Rambo’s is the first high-profile name to hit the public, I suspect it won’t be the last. As I suggested in this space earlier this week, I think Geoff Tisdale’s job is up for grabs, and if Johnnie Dixon and/or Fred Bennett look good tonight, that might seal Tisdale’s fate. We’ll see.