A YEAR IN A CAREER: 2000
Henry Burris was a rider — in my car — early in his tenure as a Rider.
Such was my first extended interaction with Smilin’ Hank, a few days before the Saskatchewan Roughriders began their training camp in 2000.
The initial plan was for the charismatic quarterback to visit the Regina Leader-Post for a photo session. An interview with yours truly was also part of the agenda.
That all changed one morning in May, when Tony Playter — who was then in charge of media relations for the CFL team — called to inform me that Burris would not be able to make it to the L-P.
That morning, Burris discovered that his vehicle had been burglarized, so he was without transportation. His entire day had been thrown into chaos, considering that he also had some errands to run.
After pondering this, one of my 16 brain cells was activated.
“If you’d like,” I said to Tony, “I could pick him up and drive him around town so he can get things done. I could just interview him in the car.”