CALGARY – There isn’t anything like a conversation with Sam Hurl to brighten anyone’s day.
Hurl is the rookie linebacker with the Roughriders, who has made an impact on special teams. He’s also slated to make his hometown debut on Thursday against the Calgary Stampeders. To say that Hurl is excited about the game is an understatement.
“I’ve been looking forward to this game since I was put on the roster,’’ Hurl said during Wednesday’s walk through at McMahon Stadium. “I’ve had it marked on my calendar and I’m so happy to be out here and to be able to play in front of my family and friends.’’
We make a big deal of when Regina players have an opportunity to play at Mosaic Stadium with the Riders. It’s the same for players like Hurl who grew up cheering for the Stampeder. He also grew up playing high school and university football with the University of Calgary at McMahon Stadium.
“This is a really cool experience for me,’’ Hurl said. “I’m going into the locker room where most of the guys I would have played against were in. I dressed in that locker room for (high school) city championships. This field means a lot to me.’’