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Posted by Jon Copper:

I went to a tryout for the Canadian Football League Saturday in Charlotte. The team was the Montreal Alouettes. I didn't know what to expect, but it was a really good experience.  This was the third tryout they have had in the United States this offseason. There were over 200 guys there from all over -- Florida, Ohio, the Carolinas, even Sweden.
 
Registration started at 8. Jim Popp, the GM, was the guy handing out and even making extra T-shirts in the back. That was as interesting comparison to the NFL. I have a hard time thinking Parcells or Belichick or Rooney would be down in the equipment room handing out T-shirts at a rookie tryout. Coach Bob Price at U-Va. told me the CFL was great football, just without all the bells and whistles and characters. I think this was one way that proved his point.
 
The day was good. We ran 40s and pro shuttles and did individual as well as one on one drills. There were two thunderstorms that delayed us about an hour and a half total throughout the day. We finished about three. I left them some game film, and they said they would be in touch with some guys over the next three weeks to bring them into training camp which starts June 1, so we will see.

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By Jon Copper  |  May 18, 2009; 12:23 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Good luck!

Posted by: milligan00 | May 19, 2009 9:51 PM

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