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GOES FOR ANOTHER CROWN UP NORTH
posted on Rampagefootball.com, Monday, July 18, 2005
After setting a new AFL single-game rushing
record in Week Two (100 yards on six carries) and a new league single-season
rushing record (459 yards), Rampage quarterback Michael Bishop returned to
Canada and is once again the backup quarterback of the Toronto Argonauts of the
Canadian Football League.
This is Bishopís fourth season in Toronto and for the last two years, Bishop
has played back-to-back seasons with Toronto in the CFL as well as with Grand
Rapids in the Arena league. As soon as one season ended, he simply changed
uniforms and went right back to work with little or no time off. But has the
last two years taken a toll on the 29-year old former Heisman Trophy runner-up?
ďItís not getting old,Ē said Bishop, ďIím having a lot of fun because
Iím doing what I love to do and thatís play football regardless of whether
its here (in Canada) or in the AFL. Iím out there on the field building
friendships, throwing touchdowns, running touchdowns and having fun. Outside of
my family, each football team that I play on is another family away from home. I
kind of take that as a positive.Ē
year, Bishop went 5-3-1 for the Argos when starting quarterback Damon Allen was
injured. Toronto went on to win the Grey Cup last season with a 27-19 victory
over the British Columbia Lions on November 21.
So far this season in Canada, Bishop has not seen any action in the four regular
season games the Argos have played. Bishop did play in one of the Torontoís
two pre-season games. He missed the second pre-season game because he was
participating in the ArenaBattle Skills Competition prior to ArenaBowl XIX in
Las Vegas on June 12. He then stayed for the game. It was the first time that he
had ever watched an Arena game from the stands.
ďFrom sitting in the stands watching the game, you get a totally different
aspect. Sometimes you learn more from sitting in the stands that you do in the
film room,Ē said Bishop.
While in Las Vegas, Bishop also missed out on getting his Grey Cup ring when
they were handed out to the rest of the players during a team party. But donít
worry; he got his ring when he returned to Toronto after the ArenaBowl.
Through the first four regular season games, Bishop has not seen any playing
time. However, he is comfortable with the offense and he feels ready to step in
and contribute whenever his number is called.
ďI feel like I havenít missed a beat,Ē Bishop said. ďItís the same
offense theyíve been running since Iíve been here. Itís just a matter of
me retaining what Iíve learned in the past. Any time that Iím able to step
in, Iím definitely going in to try and win the game and keep something
This is the final year that Bishop is under contract with the Toronto team and
he hopes to win another championship in Canada. Eventually, heíd also like to
accomplish the same thing in the AFL.
Photo: This is me interviewing Michael
Bishop at the Toronto Argonauts training facility At the University of
Mississauga just outside of Toronto
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