Longtime Eskimos fullback Calvin McCarty open to CFL coaching opportunities

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Calvin McCarty still has football left in him, but he’s curious about coaching in the CFL. 

McCarty was selected in the fourth round, 27th overall by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2007 CFL draft and played for the Esks ever since — 13 seasons — winning a Grey Cup in 2015.

The 35-year-old had his best season as a fullback in 2019, proving despite his age McCarty can play at a high level. He was named a CFLPA all-star and feels like he can continue to suit up.

However, with many open coaching positions around the league, McCarty wants to see if a coaching opportunity could come about. The Surrey, B.C. native feels he brings value on any team as a player, coach or scout. His brother, Jordan McCarty, is an offensive assistant coach at the Simon Fraser University. 

As a dual citizen, McCarty played high school football in B.C. at St. Thomas More and in the NCAA at Western Washington University. McCarty has always been considered a respected teammate because of his ability to not only relate to all players around him, but help in their overall development.

McCarty has been the Esks special teams captain for five seasons, as well as an offensive captain for the past two years. Throughout the 2018 season, McCarty was the second highest graded player on the Eskimos only behind Mike Reilly. But somehow he was asked to take a significant payout by the Esks to remain on the team in 2019. Turns out McCarty graded out even better last season. 

His workmanlike approach has been a calling card. McCarty has played 203 games carrying the football 337 times for 1,615 yards and 18 touchdowns with a 4.8 yards per carry average. He’s caught 263 balls for 2,005 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those are only the counting stats — invaluable as a pass protector and always assignment sound. Traits coveted as a potential teacher of the game.

There are numerous connections McCarty has around the league in personnel and coaching position. He was a player under current Lions general manager Ed Hervey, the same for former Eskimos head coach turned Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive coordinator Jason Maas. While McCarty played with Toronto’s new bench boss Ryan Dinwiddie at Boise State University.

Plenty of scenarios around the CFL would make sense for McCarty as either a player, coach or talent evaluator. 

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.