Stamps RB Jerome Messam refuses interviews after devastating loss in Grey Cup

Darren Desaulniers, Canadian Press

Jerome Messam wasn’t necessarily at a loss for words after being named most valuable Canadian at the 105th Grey Cup, he just didn’t want to share any of them.

Shortly after the Calgary Stampeders dropped a 27-24 Sunday decision to the Toronto Argonauts on a last minute 32-yard field goal by Lirim Hajrullahu, Messam refused several requests for interviews and quickly vacated the Stampeders’ locker room for the team bus without saying a word to the media.

It was the second straight year the Stampeders came in to a Grey Cup as heavy favourites after a dominating regular season only to lose the title game. Last season they fell 39-33 in overtime to the Ottawa Redblacks at BMO Field in Toronto.

It is the first time since 2014 that a player on a losing team was named top Canadian in the championship game. Andy Fantuz won the award that year despite his Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16 loss to the Stampeders.

In the first quarter Messam, a Brampton, Ont., native, caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Bo Levi Mitchell for his only reception Sunday, but he also had 13 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown in the game.

During the regular season Messam eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the third time in his career as he ran the ball for 1,016 yards. He also set a career high with nine touchdowns and added another 183 yards on 33 receptions.

Messam was the most outstanding Canadian for the 2016 regular season when he played all 18 regular season games for the first time in his career and rushed for a career-high 1,198 yards.

But at 32 years old, Messam is running out of chances to earn a Grey Cup ring. It’s clearly a box he wants to tick.

“I’ve been grinding hard for it,” Messam said earlier this week before the Stampeders left for Ottawa. “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play in the Grey Cup again. Some people never make it there.

“Second year in a row, so I just want to finish the deal man and be able to put that stamp on my career.”

After another shocking Stampeders loss when it counted, the deal remains unfinished.

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7 Comments on Stamps RB Jerome Messam refuses interviews after devastating loss in Grey Cup

  1. Mahmoud Ali // November 27, 2017 at 6:26 pm //

    One can’t help but feel for him.

  2. BigRedMachine // November 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm //

    Messam played an awesome WF and GC. Feel for the guy.

  3. Colour me green // November 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm //

    I feel sorry for him and liked him in Regina. But he wasn’t as mouthy here as he became in Calgary and frankly when he was younger in Edmonton.
    Just play the game and celebrate after if you win.

  4. Ward Tewsley // November 27, 2017 at 11:42 pm //

    I feel sorry for Jerome and really hope he is back for another year.

  5. Hey it’s all about winning, and of course each player is going to handle a situation differently. Not a Stamps fan, but the organization has instilled and are expected to win. Just look at their overall record. Jerome Messam May come across as a sore lose, but that’s his prerogative. He realises he will have to deal with the media in the near future. Calgary was expected to win a Grey Cup again, and were “inserted” again this year. Even they’re own coach Dave Dickenson, who I thought represented the whole team on a post game TSN interview, gave a humbling reason why his team lost. So maybe throw Messam a little slack in this case. Rhodes guys play all year for this one game, I had seen one Stampeder literally crying on the sidelines, it effected him that much. The agony of defeat.

  6. Whaaaaaaaaa

  7. Don’t let the BUSS door hit ya in the arse Messam couldn’t happen , Re the chocking to a MORE DESERVING JACKASS!!! Keep chirping Jerome you whiner , only other person with less Class then you was Cornish , another Jackass looser ,!!!!!

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