Volume 95, Issue 75

Thursday, February 14, 2002
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Congdon snaps at chance

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Congdon snaps at chance

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff

It doesn't matter what area of life you're talking about, it is always nice to see the results when hard work pays off.

Last Friday, this story could not have held any more truth for Jason Congdon, formerly a four-year veteran for the Western Mustang football team, now the newest member of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Having signed a contract guaranteeing him at least a trip to training camp and most likely a spot on the roster next year, Congdon said he was thrilled with the opportunity to play.

"This is a really good pay-off for all the training and effort that has gone into [my career]. It's more motivation than anything – someone has put a lot of faith into me by giving me this chance and I really want to go out there and excel," Congdon said.

Congdon, who was perfect on punt and field-goal snaps two seasons ago has been signed specifically for his abilities as a long-snapper, which according to Winnipeg's vice-president of player personnel Brendan Taman is rare talent to find.

"Jason could come in and play a pretty significant role on this team as there are not a lot of people out there who have proven skills as a long snapper," Taman said.

"We considered drafting Jason last year, but his stock grew a great deal this season playing at Western again," he added. "Our long snapper Steve Glenn is a free agent right now pursuing the NFL market."

"We are very fortunate to have been able to sign Jason and even if Glenn returns I still think Congdon will play a part on this team," Taman said.

Training camp begins June 2 and, according to Congdon, he's already pumped.

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