Dwight Anderson and Rider fans had a lot to celebrate Sunday.CALGARY— Roughriders' defensive back Dwight Anderson is no stranger to McMahon Stadium, as he played with the Stampeders from 2008-2010. During that time, he endured plenty of close losses to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, particularly in the 2009 West Final. Like this week's game, that 2009 final was a cold game, and Anderson said after Sunday's clash he was happy to be on the right side of the score this time.
"I guess Saskatchewan's got a knack for cold weather, so I'm glad I'm on this side now," he said.
That 2009 defeat was particularly bitter for Anderson, as it kept him and the Stampeders from playing in a Grey Cup at home. He and his teammates are thrilled to get the chance to do that in Regina this year.
"I had the opportunity to do it here, but Saskatchewan came and beat us here when I was in Calgary, so I never got the chance to go," Anderson said. "I'm looking forward to it right now."
Beyond that, though, reaching the Grey Cup is a rare accomplishment. Anderson's well-aware of that: despite playing on plenty of good teams in his career with Hamilton (2007), Calgary and Montreal (from 2011-2012), his only preceding Grey Cup appearance was when the Stampeders won in 2008. He said that's going to make him cherish this week.
"I'm like, wow, I've got another chance to play in the championship game again," he said. "A lot of people don't get this chance. It's so hard to get to this point."Read More »from Dwight Anderson defeats his old team, prepares to face another old teammate