Calvin McCarty to make Calgary Stampeders’ debut in Labour Day Classic

Photo courtesy: Edmonton Elks

A longtime member of the Edmonton Elks is making his debut with the Calgary Stampeders on Monday.

Calvin McCarty came out of retirement in July after veteran fullback Charlie Power suffered a torn Achilles in training camp. He started the season on Calgary’s practice roster and has been promoted to the active roster for the upcoming Labour Day Classic.

The 36-year-old was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Edmonton Elks and played 13 seasons with the team, which means he’s no stranger to the Battle of Alberta.

He has rushed for 1,615 yards on 337 career attempts and made 263 receptions for 2,005 yards. He’s also scored 30 touchdowns and made 85 career special teams tackles, which is a testament to his versatility and athleticism.

It will be odd seeing McCarty don red and white, but we wish him all the best. It remains unclear if he will remain in the lineup for the second half of Calgary and Edmonton’s back-to-back, which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.