Time flies when you’re having fun, and Calvin McCarty has had great fun spending time on a football gridiron for a large part of every season since 1998. His enjoyment has continued since then at all levels of the Canadian game, including the Edmonton Eskimos, who drafted him in 2007, a fourth-rounder in the annual draft of university prospects.
But, as long established, time flies. Now, at the football-mature age of 36, the solid, thoughtful person waits with all CFL players for word on the potential start of what would become his 14th season as a valued and versatile Eskimo contributor. He is listed as a free agent, as much because of the Covid-19 delay as any other reason.
There has been no public comment since McCarty reached free agency but the Eskimos did not take a prospective fullback with any of their draft choices last week.
Carty was 14 when he stepped into the spotlight by setting all kinds of records as a Grade 8 student at St. Thomas More High School in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, B.C. There, he played two positions, running back and linebacker, well enough to lead the Knights to the B.C. championship by collecting three touchdowns in a one-sided final victory.
One year later, by now a high school senior, McCarty’s standards climbed even higher. He switched from linebacker to defensive back while remaining dominant on the offensive side of the ball. At the end of the season, a close observer estimated the versatile young guy had collected more than 1,000 yards rushing.
One interesting aspect of the McCarty career is the time he spent at university: one season at Boise State and one at Reedley College, a school with about 10,000 students in California, before ending his scholasic career at Western Washington in the border community of Bellingham.
In every university situation, McCarty’s statistics were beyond the acceptable norm, but as a pro, his versatility has much exceeded his individual totals. He has been a persistent blocker, an able receiver and a forced on special teams, in addition to the running well as a tailback and fullback, especially in short-yardage situations.
In yardage gained, his best year was 2008, when he totalled more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. Since that prosperous second season, individual numbers have fallen. Injuries, of course, have been a big part of the reason. but by the end of last season he had compiled 1,615 yards as a runner and more than 2,000 yards on 263 catches through the air.
Will there be more this year? Time and roster competition and the pandemic will help to tell the story.
But one aspect of McCarty’s career remains indelible: he has been a consummate professional on the field and off. Few athletes in any sport have made commitments as large as his to his home community, St. Albert, and many surrounding centres.
When word first surfaced that McCarty’s active career might come to an end, his supporters smiled broadly at the realization he had scored two touchdowns against Saskatchewan – both on one-yard plunges – in what may have been his last career game.
The good news is two-fold: the Eskimos have said they hope to find a post-playing career position for him, perhaps as a coach. Whether he remains with the organization or not, he has committed to staying in and around Edmonton. The entire community will benefit.
Help Us Preserve Alberta’s Sport History
As we approach Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join us in celebrating the spirit of athleticism and honoring the legends who have left an indelible mark on the world of sports. At Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame, we are dedicated to preserving the rich history of sports, recognizing outstanding sports heroes, and inspiring future generations.
Why Support Our Hall of Fame?
- Preserving Sporting Legacy: Our Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the achievements, dedication, and passion of athletes and builders who have shaped the landscape of sports. By supporting us, you contribute to the preservation of their legacy for years to come.
- Inspiring Future Champions: Every inductee enshrined in our Hall of Fame serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring individuals. Your generosity helps us develop programs that foster the next generation of champions, instilling values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.
- Community Engagement: We believe in the power of sports to bring communities together. With your support, we can organize events, outreach programs, and educational initiatives that promote inclusivity, diversity, and the joy of sports within our community.
- $25: Provides resources for the maintenance and preservation of historical artifacts.
- $50: Supports educational programs that introduce schoolchildren to the history and importance of sports.
- $100: Contributes to the development of interactive exhibits, making the Hall of Fame an engaging experience for visitors.
- $250 and above: Enables us to expand our outreach, bringing the magic of sports to underserved communities.
This Giving Tuesday, be a part of something legendary. Your contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant impact on our ability to celebrate, educate, and inspire through the power of sports.Donate today at https://www.
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Red Deer Hospice Seeking Holiday Support
From the Red Deer Hospice
Hospice is home for the holidays
Red Deer Hospice, a residential home for the terminally ill, is seeking donations this holiday season.
Hospice staff are making every effort to give their residents and families one last memorable
Christmas together. The home is decorated, cheerful music plays in the common area and the aroma
of holiday baking fills the halls. On Christmas morning, each resident receives a special gift and enjoys
a delicious turkey dinner, cooked in-house by Hospice’s talented chefs.
“Our mission is to support a peaceful and compassionate end-of-life journey,” said Jerri Taylor,
Hospice’s Executive Director. “Not only during the holidays, but throughout the entire year.” Because
residents are never charged a fee, Hospice relies on donations to make them as comfortable as
possible in their last stage of life.
Year-round, donor funds are used to provide home-cooked meals for residents and their families,
specialty beds and mattress, medical equipment, furnishings, therapeutic bathing systems, personal
care items and much more.
“We hope the community considers our residents who are spending their final days here,” stated
Taylor. “Especially during this special time of year.”
To make a donation to Red Deer Hospice, please visit www.reddeerhospice.com/donate.
At Red Deer Hospice, we are committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care. Located in South Red Deer, with the beautiful Memorial Gardens across the street, Hospice offers 16 private rooms that ensure peace, intimacy and dignity for residents and their loved ones. Professional nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, as well as companionship and bereavement support.
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