CALGARY -- Drew Tate is focused on the future, not his injury-filled past.
Appearing on CFL.ca’s Mark Stephen’s radio show in Calgary on Monday night, the quarterback offered an update on his injured wrist that he suffered in the Stampeders’ Western Semi-Final win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in early November.
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- Drew Tate
The injury was a gut-wrenching blow to Tate, who at the time had just earned his way back into Calgary’s starting lineup after missing the majority of the season with a shoulder injury.
He was then forced to watch helplessly on the sidelines as the Kevin Glenn-led Stamps won the Western Final, only to lose to the home-town Argonauts in the 100th Grey Cup a week later.
Needless to say it was a season to forget for Drew Tate.
“It still stings but now that I’m back training, I’ve moved forward. It hung over me pretty much all of December and then . . . in January, it kind of went away. Now it’s back to work,” Tate told Stephen on QR77.
Now, however, all that Tate is focused on is being under centre when the Calgary Stampeders open their 2013 campaign.
His rehab process has been slow but effective, with Tate stating that he has mostly been doing range-of-motion work as well as simple exercises and drills.
Nonetheless, it’s all part of the process for a player that has unfortunately grown all too familiar with this type of practice.
“Yeah, it was unfortunate but that’s the way the game is played. We all know that going in. I don’t know who I made mad to (mess up) that karma but hopefully I got it all out of my system and I can start fresh in July 2013,” he confessed.
“It’s all right. It’s coming back slowly. The guys I’m working with are doing a good job and we’re being smart about it. Hopefully, for this time period, it will get strengthened and we’ll come back stronger,” he added.
2012 was supposed to be Tate’s year. It was supposed to be the year in which Tate took the next step in becoming an elite CFL quarterback that would ultimately lead the Stamps for years to come.
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