May 29, 2019 9:35 pm
Updated: May 29, 2019 9:36 pm

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Larry Dean brings leadership from Hamilton

WATCH ABOVE: When J.C. Sherritt retired, the Edmonton Eskimos were left with a massive hole to fill at middle linebacker. It looks like the team may have found the perfect replacement. Quinn Phillips introduces us to Larry Dean.

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The Edmonton Eskimos had a big hole to fill this off-season when middle linebacker J.C. Sherritt retired after eight years with the green and gold.

But on free agency day, the team inked a man that will easily fill those shoes in Larry Dean. The veteran linebacker spent the last three years in Hamilton.

Eskimos defensive co-ordinator Phillip Lolley coached Dean in Hamilton and said he knows the culture he’s bringing to Edmonton.

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“All great leaders are different,” Lolley said. “Larry’s verbal, but Larry’s very sharp — very smart. He don’t ask everybody else to do something, he does it first; they see it.”

READ MORE: Edmonton Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt retires

Lolley also coached Sherritt during his two-year tenure in Edmonton in 2014 and 2015.

“J.C. and I stayed in touch,” Lolley said. “He said, ‘Coach, that Larry Dean is something else,’ and I said, ‘Well, he plays a lot like you.'”

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Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of the Edmonton Eskimos’ 2019 training camp.

 

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