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Jeffcoat won’t opt out of contract but has backup plan in case things don’t work out in CFL

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“There’s always different avenues if things don’t work out,” Jeffcoat said. “I think most athletes have learned that they’re not just football players, that there’s life after football and we’re having to tap into that a little bit more. That’s how I feel right now.

“You have to have a backup. It’s a sad reality for everybody who plays football and wants to play professionally. It ends at one point in time.”

Jeffcoat, whose father Jim had a long career with the Dallas Cowboys, has been an effective defensive end with Bombers over the last three seasons.

Last year, playing on the opposite end from CFL most outstanding defensive player Willie Jefferson, Jeffcoat made a big impact. He certainly looks like he has more left to offer and is open to the idea of re-signing with the Bombers.

“I don’t plan on football ending for me now, but it is going to end,” Jeffcoat said. “You can’t be a football player your whole life. Some guys want to stick around and get into coaching and stay in the game, but for myself, there’s other avenues I want to explore and be successful in. With my competitive nature and my interest in commercial real estate, I think it’s a good fit.”

Jeffcoat and all other CFL players who have chosen not to opt out of their contracts, are eligible to receive Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy pay for the work they lost due to the pandemic. Players have reported that they have not received any money yet.

So far, more than 75 players have chosen to forgo that option — including 11 players with the Bombers — and are trying their luck in the NFL. There’s also a chance the XFL will resume play next spring, offering more work possibilities.
Making an NFL roster at this point will surely be difficult, with the season set to start in just over a week, but Jeffcoat understands why younger players want to take a shot.

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