It was the play everyone was talking about the day after the 108th Grey Cup.
Trailing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-25 in overtime, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats needed a touchdown to keep their championship hopes alive. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli fired a pass that bounced off the hands of Bombers defensive back Deatrick Nichols. But the ball never hit the ground as fellow defensive back Winston Rose laid out and scooped it to linebacker Kyrie Wilson for the game-sealing interception.
Man, I think about that play all the time, Rose told reporters Wednesday from his home in Los Angeles.
Still to this day, my family members ask me, How did you do it? And to this day, Im still asking myself. It was just pure reaction.
Rose will have an opportunity to make more plays in blue and gold as the club announced Tuesday the 28-year-old has signed a one-year extension for 2022. Rose led the CFL in interceptions in 2019 and was named a league all-star.
From Day 1, before I left, I told coach (Mike) OShea, I told Richie (Hall), I was telling everybody that I wanted to come back. So, the process was pretty much me being patient and just seeing where the pieces fall and stuff like that, said Rose. … When Kyle (Walters) hit my agent and sent him an offer I told my agent Im good with the offer, theres just some things I want to switch around. Other than that, I was good with my offer and I already knew I was coming back to Winnipeg.
After his stellar 2019 season, Rose signed with the NFLs Cincinnati Bengals. He suited up for two regular season games in 2020, but spent most of the year on the Bengals practice roster. In 2021, he was added to Cincinnatis practice roster at the end of training camp before getting released on Sept. 6. He waited a bit to see if another NFL opportunity would materialize before returning to the CFL and Bombers on Oct. 20. Rose started the final three regular season contests and both playoff games.
I just wanted to play, said Rose.
I was at home going on two months from being released and only having one workout in those two months. I was itching to get back on the field. And obviously, watching the season, how it was going and seeing how much fun those boys were having out there. I was like Man, I wanna go and join that party. Making that transition, I was betting on myself and rolling the dice and I won.
Rose won a championship this season and his pals from Cincinnati might do the same thing Sunday, Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium. Most of the football world is surprised to see the Bengals a team that went 4-11-1 in 2020 set to meet the Los Angeles Rams in this years Super Bowl. But Rose isnt.
I knew what those guys had in that locker room, and it was just a matter of time before we make that switch… The road to glory is not easy, but in the playoffs all youve got to do is win one game and you keep advancing and thats what those guys kept doing they found a way. Im just happy for them, said Rose.
Honestly, Im genuinely happy for them that theyre going to the Super Bowl. Im rooting for them even though Im from L.A. and the Rams are in it, too.
BAILEY BACK IN BLUE
American wide receiver Rasheed Bailey signed a one-year extension with the Bombers on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old from Philadelphia is coming off a career-best season in which he had 52 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns.
Bailey made his CFL and Blue Bombers debut in 2019.
Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.
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