FRIESEN: Ex-Bomber Streveler shows off Cup ring to NFL ‘mates

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But the wait was worth it.

“Guys are pretty impressed,” he said. “They’re like, ‘Man, this is awesome. It’s got some weight behind it.’ I tell everyone when I put that thing on, I feel like I’m acting totally different. You’ve got this big diamond ring on, you know what I mean?”

Sounds like it has the same effect as a fur coat, cigar and a few beers.

“It’s cool to get to show that off and talk to guys about my time up there and how great it was. I love doing that.”

There are NFL players who say all the right things about their time in the CFL, and then there’s Streveler, who feels every word he says.

“I know for me it’s been a different journey,” he said. “You don’t see a lot of guys from up there, quarterbacks, come down here. But I don’t really run from that journey. I love talking about the CFL, I love tellin’ ’em how great players there are up there, how much I loved my time up there.

“When I do get the chance to think back on it and see pictures or videos of that season or that week after the Grey Cup, it always just brings back so many emotions.”

As for his current team, the Cards improved to 3-2 with the win over the Jets, Streveler dressing as the only backup quarterback for all five games.

Quarterback Chris Streveler of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during a NFL team training camp at State Farm Stadium on Sept. 2, 2020 in Glendale, Ariz. Photo by Christian Petersen /Getty Images

He carried the ball once for three yards and a first down in his debut and has been on the field for a couple more plays, but not over the last two games.

Five games into his NFL career, though, he’s far more comfortable than he was five games into his CFL career.

You may recall he was forced to start the first three games of his rookie season when Matt Nichols was hurt.

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