Stamps: 'I want a championship with Edmonton' | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League Staff

EDMONTON -- Three years ago all-star slotback Fred Stamps became a father to Fred III and his last three seasons with the Green and Gold have been among his best.


“Pops (Equipement Manager Dwayne Mandrusiak) gave (Fred III) a football two years ago and he loves it. He’s always walking around the house throwing it. He’s got a pretty good arm and he gets mad at me if I don’t catch the ball,” says Stamps.

“Being away from my family for so long during the season is hard. So, when I get home during the off-season, it’s big Fred and little Fred time. I want to

spend all of my time with him.

This past season was Stamps’ seventh in Eskimos colours and it was arguably his best.

In just 15 games, Stamps recorded his fifth consecutive 1,000 yard season, a career high 11 touchdowns, 1,259 receiving yards on 68 catches, good enough for his second receiving title of his career.

Incredible numbers for the veteran receiver who missed three games to injury.

Stamps is arguably one of the best receivers the Canadian Football League has seen in the last decade.

“I feel like the sky is the limit for me when it comes to football. It’s been something I’ve been doing since I was a kid. If I can stay healthy next year there will be nothing holding me back,” says Stamps.

It’s rare for an athlete in this era to stay with a single franchise for their entire career. But Stamps wants to be one of them.

He wants nothing more than to continue chasing a Grey Cup championship with the Edmonton Eskimos.

“My grandfather always told me to be loyal in whatever I pursue in life. That’s how I was raised.”

“The year was tough…very tough when you go 4-14 it’s never good, but the good thing is we have a real strong core and we need to try and build off that. That’s what championship teams are made of.

“I love playing for this franchise. I love being here because they have so much tradition. I’ve never been involved with a team that has so much tradition and I love that.

“If you look on the walls you see a bunch of guys who have been here and won Grey Cup championships and that’s something that I want. It wouldn’t feel right with another team. I want a championship with Edmonton.”

Fan Comments
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edmonton FYI: GM hervey has signed A WR guyton from central florida!!
February 21, 2014 - 10:39am
Hervey's on record as stating Henry will replace Koch at WR and Foster replaces Carter at SB, which leaves an opening for a # 7 & 8 Receiver on the practice roster. Howard (PR last year), Edwards (@ EWU with Reilly) will have the inside track with non-import Godding, import Bateman and Guyton having an outside shot. The bigger question is when does the potential of Chambers and Coehoorn get realized?
February 24, 2014 - 9:35pm
In this league, with a good GM, becoming a contender from a non-contender should take no more than 3 years. The problem in Edmonton is I don't know that they have good management.
February 21, 2014 - 10:19am
Well Hervey is better than Tillman and the Maciocia experiment ... and its year 2, so we will see ... the insiders think he has the potential to be the next Norm Kimball ... Esks fans hope this is true.
February 26, 2014 - 11:35pm
Not gonna happen Stamps.
February 21, 2014 - 1:26am
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edmonton FYI: eskimos have released C DB alexander!!
February 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
GC Bound
This Season?
Good luck with that.
Go Riders Go.
February 20, 2014 - 7:58pm
One could say the same for the Riders with no Sheets, Dressler and Butler.
February 20, 2014 - 11:37pm
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@S99: TOUCHE!!
February 21, 2014 - 10:04am
GC Bound
LOL, Well they could, But Nah, we'll be just fine!
Go Riders Go
February 22, 2014 - 12:02am
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sorry freddie NO GC for you or your other eskimos!!
February 20, 2014 - 7:27pm
Esks need to improve the O-Line so that Reilly can get Stamps, Bowman and others the ball. To get Freddie the championship he wants the Esks need to find a way to run the ball and keep the D honest. No O-Line, No Run game, No Chance as we witnessed last year. Hervey is doing the right thing, find a C (Sorensen) and RG (Jones) then draft OL with the hope that the O-Line will be good enough to help Fred's wishes come true.
February 18, 2014 - 9:10pm
Good luck! As long as Stamps plans to play several more seasons, he might get his wish!
February 18, 2014 - 7:32pm