The speedy receiver re-signed with Calgary on Monday for the rest of the ’21 season. Begelton, 28, was a 2019 CFL all-star (102 catches, 1,444 yards, 10 TDs), however after the Stampeders (12-6) completed second within the West Division, their season ended with a 35-14 dwelling loss to the third-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) within the convention semifinal.
Winnipeg went on to win the ’19 Gray Cup and at 10-1 stays the category of the CFL, having already clinched first within the West. In the meantime, Calgary (6-6) and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-4) are battling for second, with the B.C. Lions (4-6) and Edmonton Elks (2-8) each nonetheless within the playoff combine.
“For those who return to 2019, I strongly believed we had an opportunity to win it that 12 months and Winnipeg took us out,” Begelton instructed reporters throughout a video convention Tuesday. “Guess what? Winnipeg is up there once more, so there may be some unfinished enterprise to do.”
With Calgary on a bye week, Begelton is scheduled to reach in Alberta on Wednesday. He’s anticipated to start practising subsequent week and swimsuit up Nov. 12 when Calgary visits B.C.
The six-foot-two, 205-pound Begelton has no preconceived notions of the place he matches inside Calgary’s offence.
“Truthfully, it’s wherever I may help the group win,” he stated. “I’m coming there to assist the group, I’m a group participant, I’m not egocentric… it’s not about me coming in.”
Begelton had 149 catches for two,236 yards and 12 TDs over three seasons with Calgary (2017-19) earlier than becoming a member of the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Begelton spent most of 2020 on the NFL group’s observe roster earlier than being launched on the finish of coaching camp.
“With soccer, you could have a window and the longer you sit on the sofa, that window tends to get smaller and smaller, so I needed to reap the benefits of the alternatives that have been there,” Begelton stated. “With me being out of the sport, I simply wish to get again and begin having enjoyable once more.”
And the native of Beaumont, Texas, totally expects to hit the bottom operating with Calgary.
“I’m prepared,” he stated. “After all, I’ve to get accustomed to the playbook and the whole lot like that however me being who I’m, I do know I can do it.
“Till I truly get into that first sport, I gained’t actually get accustomed instantly. However I’d say after the primary drive or two, I’ll be there. The adrenalin might be operating, so I’ll be all proper.”
Begelton is the second Stampeder to return this season from the NFL as defensive again Tre Roberson re-signed with Calgary two weeks in the past after a stint with the Chicago Bears.
Begelton stated he discovered a lot throughout his time with Inexperienced Bay spending time with quarterback Aaron Rodgers — the NFL’s MVP final season — and in a receivers room that included Davante Adams, one of many NFL’s greatest at that place.
“That was such room that irrespective of who I went to, they weren’t afraid to talk out or assist me,” Begelton stated. “Ego wasn’t a giant factor in that room.
“I used to be really blessed… as a result of from what I hear, not too many rooms are like that. It was only a nice alternative for me as an individual to develop.”
And Begelton stated he was amazed on the work ethic of each Adams and Rodgers.
“The very fact I used to be in a position to see this man (Adams) work daily… gave me inspiration,” Begelton stated. “The primary day of observe he got here with it… and it was like, ‘Oh, OK. I believed I labored onerous.’ No, no, this man labored.
“That Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams connection is loopy scary. The stuff you see in video games, you see it at observe, too. It’s like, ‘Wow.”’
He additionally stated the ultra-competitive Rodgers followers see on the sector isn’t who the star quarterback is away from the stadium.
“Everyone sees his persona on the sector, however that’s the way it’s speculated to be,” Begelton stated. “He’s a winner, he goes above and past to do his job accurately and to one of the best of his potential and he expects you to do the identical.
“Off the sector, he’s a terrific particular person. He’s probably the most humble man you’ll ever meet.”
Begelton admits he hasn’t fully closed the door on a return to the NFL however is fast so as to add that thought is nowhere on his radar.
“It’s one thing I want to do, however that’s not what I’m actually targeted on for the time being,” he stated. “I’m right here with Calgary, we’ve acquired a Cup to go get.”
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