Former Calgary Stampeders running back believes past Grey Cup heartbreak will help team

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Rob Cote, a former Calgary Stampeder and Grey Cup champion, joins Global News Calgary to talk about the challenges the team faces going into the Grey Cup final – Nov 25, 2018

The lasting memory of two straight Grey Cup losses will benefit the Calgary Stampeders heading into Sunday’s final against the Ottawa Redblacks, according to a former player with the team.

“I think it’s something that they will not have forgotten,” said Rob Cote, a former running back with the Stampeders, in an interview Sunday on Global News Morning.

“There’s a lot of guys on that team that played in the last two [Grey Cup] games and know the mindset.”
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Cote played in five Grey Cups during his 11 seasons with the Stampeders. He captured championship rings in 2008 and 2014.

“The Grey Cup week itself, there’s a lot that happens, a lot of media. Nothing’s normal from a regular practice week,” Cote said.

“That will be less shocking this time to a lot of guys, a lot more normal, and I think that will help a lot.”

Cote retired in January after playing 179 regular season games in the CFL. The Stampeders made the playoffs in every year of Cote’s career, which he said helped him develop a championship mentality as a young player.

“We won one in 2008, which was my second year, and then you’re chasing that the whole time,” Cote said.

“I think it’s a huge benefit to the young guys to come into a system to see everybody with that approach, that we’re trying to do something great every year.”

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Cote, who played in the last two Grey Cup finals, said he plans to take in this year’s game at home in a much quieter setting than Commonwealth Stadium, where the final will be played.

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“I invited my brother over and that’s it,” Cote said.

“I want to root and cheer, but it’s still a little close to home. I need to just do it on my own speed.”

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