Mike Reilly is Edmonton’s leader, but he doesn’t mind putting aside rivalries to help lift a players’ spirits in a difficult situation.
Leading by eight with just over five minutes to play and Calgary on Toronto’s seven-yard line, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed a short pass to Kamar Jorden who was stripped by Argos defender Jermaine Gabriel. Cassius Vaughn scooped the ball up and returned it 109 yards for a momentum-changing touchdown. That ultimately led to an Argos 27-24 comeback win in the Grey Cup.
In the moments after the devastating loss, veteran Stamps receiver Marquay McDaniel blamed it on Jorden’s fumble.
“It’s a stupid play to be real. I mean shit, we were inside the 15 up eight with a chance to at least get a field goal. What are you doing? We talked all game about putting two hands on the ball. What are you doing? It’s a stupid play,” McDaniel said. “You can talk all you want about doing this, doing that. It’s a dumb play. Stupid football loses games.”
Meanwhile, the 2017 Most Outstanding Player sent a Tweet to Jorden encouraging the Stampeders pass catcher.
@justcallmeKJ_ chin up bro. Games are never won or lost on one play. You're a great player man, let it drive you and you'll be better for it moving forward.
— Mike Reilly (@Rikester13) November 27, 2017
It’s almost as if Reilly treated Jorden like a teammate.