Edmonton Eskimos' Tanner Green, right, knocks the ball from Calgary Stampeders' Romar Morris during first half CFL football action in Calgary in 2019. Green has been waiting for nearly 17 months to get back on the field with the Edmonton Football Team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Lacombe’s Tanner Green happy to finally see a CFL return to play date

CFL announced Wednesday league will return on Aug. 5

Tanner Green joked Wednesday that he would play on Mars if it meant getting back on the field and playing that game he loves.

Green, a Lacombe native and two-year CFL pro has been waiting patiently for nearly 17 months to get back on the field with the Edmonton Football Team.

His last game was the 2019 CFL Eastern Final, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The 2020 season was wiped out because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this season was on somewhat shaky ground until an unexpected announcement from the league Wednesday.

The CFL has targeted Aug. 5 as a return to play date for a 14-game season, which was postponed from the original start date of June 10.

Related:

Federal government’s extension of CEWS in budget is some good news for CFL franchises

CFL, XFL in discussions about potential partnership

“I was excited to have a regular starting date. Just seeing everything that is happening and the prospect of the season still being up in the air, I’m glad they’ve set a more firm date,” Green said.

“I remember last season it was ‘we’re going to postpone the season’ and they didn’t set any dates. So it was still all up in the air. At least now we can plan for a start.”

A statement from CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said Wednesday they need the approval of public health officials across the country in order to play, as well as permission to host a “significant number of fans in the stands, in a significant number of venues.”

Green says the uncertainty over the last year has been tough, but he’s stayed ready over the past year and is excited at the prospect of playing again.

“I’ve consistently been in the gym and on the field about five days a week. I’ve stayed ready. I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m as strong as I’ve ever been. Just excited to get back out on the field,” he said.

As for most, it’s been a tough year financially and mentally for the 28-year-old fullback.

Not only has his dream job in the CFL been put on hold, training young players at The Dome in Red Deer, has also been paused for the most part. Green’s wife, Erika has been working throughout most of the pandemic and has been able to support the duo.

“If it wasn’t for that, financially, it would have been quite a struggle. We’re going on a year and a half by the time we get going and my job as a (strength and conditioning) coach and the football camp that I was running got shut down as well,” he said.

“It’s put a lot of stress on me financially to be able to provide. I’m glad my wife has been able to continue to work and hold down the fort while all this is going on.”

Still, Green knows he needs to stay positive in order to help those young athletes who will more than likely miss out on their second full season of competition.

“Big-time trying to stay positive for the athletes around here. Especially because all my football kids, they’re looking at another year or probably having no football. I have rugby kids that probably aren’t going to have a season. They’re going on two years straight without the sports they love,” Green said.

“Just trying to be positive for them, just as well as I am and we as a team are.”



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

If you're heading out to the West Country have a plan in case things go wrong, says Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services fire chief Steve Debienne.
(Photo from CRFRS Facebook)
West Country visitors should have an emergency plan: regional fire chief

Cellphones can’t be relied on in many back country areas

Rode
Sarcevic leads an impressive list of additions to RDC Kings soccer

In 2019 the RDC Kings soccer program took a major step forward… Continue reading

The Red Deer PCN Women's Fun Run will take on a different look this weekend with rising COVID-19 numbers.
Women’s Fun Run goes ahead this weekend in Red Deer

With new public health measures in place because of rising COVID-19 case… Continue reading

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to limit travel throughout the province as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer nears 900 active COVID-19 cases

Province reports additional 2,211 COVID-19 cases

David Eggen, the NDP’s advanced education critic, said the UCP government has been focused on cutting funding to post-secondary institutions across Alberta. (Contributed photo)
NDP worry new status for Red Deer College doesn’t mean more funding

This week the province announced that RDC will become a polytechnic institute

Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
UPDATED: AHS shuts down Whistle Stop Cafe for defying health orders

Justice minister promises to get tough with those ignoring public health orders

Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over

Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over

Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez (37) hits a single to drive in two runs against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Grichuk drives in 5, Jays beat A’s 10-4 for series split

Grichuk drives in 5, Jays beat A’s 10-4 for series split

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Jayna Hefford speaks in Toronto on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Three Canadian teams to play in women’s hockey Dream Gap Tour in Calgary

Three Canadian teams to play in women’s hockey Dream Gap Tour in Calgary

Rugby Canada says some members of women’s sevens team have tested positive for COVID

Rugby Canada says some members of women’s sevens team have tested positive for COVID

Team Canada skip Kerri Einarson, centre, makes a shot as lead Briane Meilleur, left, and second Shannon Birchard sweep against Denmark at the Women's World Curling Championship in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 6, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Einarson’s five-game win streak ends with loss to Japan at world curling playdowns

Einarson’s five-game win streak ends with loss to Japan at world curling playdowns

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, photo, the Olympics rings are reflected on the window of a hotel restaurant as a server with a mask sets up a table, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated. This of course is spilling over to concerns about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that open in just over three months.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Canadian athletes, coaches applaud news of vaccine doses ahead of Tokyo

Canadian athletes, coaches applaud news of vaccine doses ahead of Tokyo

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, appears as a witness via videoconference during a House of Commons finance committee in Ottawa, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The Canadian Press has learned that Katie Telford has written members of the defence committee inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against Canada's former top military commander, offering to testify at their meeting Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
PM’s chief of staff offers to testify on Vance sexual misconduct allegations

PM’s chief of staff offers to testify on Vance sexual misconduct allegations

Most Read