Canadian fullback Calvin McCarty had ‘always been a thorn’ in the side of the Stampeders

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Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson has a lot of respect for veteran Canadian fullback Calvin McCarty.

McCarty signed with the Stamps after fellow national fullback Charlie Power suffered a torn Achilles injury during training camp.

“That was part of the reason why we signed Calvin McCarty, we’ll try to get him ready and see if we can get him up to speed quickly. I talked to him first, I wanted to make sure he wants to play,” Dickenson said in a videoconference.

“He definitely wanted to play, he just didn’t have an offer that he thought was a legit offer. He just wants to play, he wants to be part of a football team that has a chance to do some good things.”

The native of Muskogee, Okla. was raised in British Columbia and played more than 200 career games as a member of the Edmonton Football Team. He retired from the CFL in March 2021 but elected to suit up for the Stamps this season.

“I’ve always respected the way he played. I figured he was strong mentally, but also physically he’s always been a thorn in our side,” Dickenson said.

“Let’s bring him in, just gotta get him up to speed, I’m not expecting anything more than him being himself. When he gets here, we’ll see how he looks.”

The 36-year-old has rushed for 1,615 yards on 337 career attempts and made 263 receptions for 2,005 yards. He scored 30 touchdowns and made 85 career special teams tackles, which is a testament to his versatility and athleticism. He also helped Edmonton win the Grey Cup in 2015 in a 26-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks.

In 2019, McCarty became just the fourth running back in CFL history to reach the 200-game milestone.