Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Rookie kicker dreams of chance

But not about to give up day job

  • Print

SURREY, B.C. -- Steve Shott is not giving up his day job as he pursues his CFL dream one more time with the B.C. Lions.

And that's a good thing, because the Lions (5-2) will again be relying on veteran Paul McCallum when they visit the struggling Montreal Alouettes (2-5).

Shott, a rookie kicker who had his first workout with the Lions on Monday after being added to the practice roster, will continue to work for Shaw Communications, helping customers over the phone, while he serves as McCallum's latest understudy.

"I keep working part-time for now, just so I can keep my job in the off-season," said Shott after a practice at the Lions practice facility.

The Lions released Shott, who came up through the junior ranks with the Kelowna-based Okanagan Sun, in the pre-season. But they decided to give the 23-year-old North Vancouver, B.C., native another shot -- pardon the pun -- after parting ways with Hugh O'Neill last week following his two-plus seasons as B.C.'s kicker-in-waiting.

The Lions punted O'Neill, a 23-year-old Edmonton native who signed with his hometown club Monday, after they could not come to terms on a contract extension. The new Lions kicker was aware that O'Neill planned to become a free agent in February and had an inkling he could be back with the Lions this season.

Shott kicked after Lions practices at their facility with tutoring from former Montreal Alouettes legend Don Sweet, who assists kickers privately and also serves as a consultant for the Lions.

"I was always kind of talking with them a little bit," said Shott, who declined an offer to join the UBC Thunderbirds just before their training camp started Friday.

"So I knew it wasn't necessarily that I wasn't good enough at the time. I think they didn't really have room for three kickers. I think they see potential in me. (It's) just basically up to me to work hard to meet those expectations that they have."

The ultimate expectation is to be able to replace 43-year-old McCallum, the CFL's oldest player. But based on a succession of kickers that have served as his protege in recent years, from Sean Whyte, who now kicks for the Alouettes, to O'Neill, there is no guarantee that he will eventually be the chosen one, considering the way that McCallum keeps on kicking.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2013 D3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bowman talks "job number one" in News Café interview

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose protects her nest full of eggs Monday on campus at the University of Manitoba- Standup photo- Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who has been the biggest disappointment on the Jets to start the season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google