Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 04/9/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
ALEX Brink wasn't expecting the call he got Monday morning just as he was getting ready to come up to Winnipeg for Bombers training camp.
Bombers head coach Tim Burke was on the line, and there it was: After three seasons with the Bombers and a spin at starting quarterback last season, Brink had been cut.
"You know, I was pretty surprised," Brink, 27, said Monday from his home near the Washington-Oregon border. "My conversations with Tim (Burke) and (general manager) Joe Mack had been very positive. They'd both told me I'd be in camp and have an opportunity to compete."
Then things changed. After releasing Brink on Monday, the Bombers declared Buck Pierce their starter and announced they had signed two new import quarterbacks, Chase Clement and Max Hall. Brink said he thinks the decision to anoint Pierce the starter sealed his fate.
What Brink leaves behind: memories of a sometimes tumultuous time in Winnipeg, one that saw the team and Brink himself struggle and soar.
After joining the team in 2010, the Washington State alumnus battled up the depth chart to replace the injured Pierce as starter last summer and helped earn the Bombers their first win of the 2012 season. But he lost that gig to Joey Elliott after a string of rough outings, including a grisly one against Toronto where he went 9 for 34 with two interceptions.
On the flip side, Brink remembers the fans -- "a real pleasant surprise" when he arrived in 2010, he said -- and most of all, the friends.
"I always had a really special connection with the guys in the locker-room. We were as close as any team I've ever been on. I'm really going to miss that aspect and that group of guys."
Maybe there will be a new group yet. It's a tough time of year to search for a new pro football gig, Brink said, but he said he's had a few conversations with other teams and believes an opportunity could be just around the bend.
"I know I have a lot of good football left in me," he said. "But I'm looking forward to whatever the future holds. I love football more than anything, but there's a lot of life left to live."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 9, 2013 0
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