FALL RIVER: The Grey Cup had many people at the Gordon R. Snow Centre in Fall River mesmerized on Feb. 24.
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Brian Jones, a Grand Lake product and Toronto Argonauts wide receiver, brought the chalice that is made of sterling silver and sits at 105-years-old to his home community for a celebration.
“Seeing everyone coming out from the community to see it,” said Jones. “It’s exciting to see. To have this in the community and to see people’s looks on their faces. Everyone is just mesmerized by it, including myself.”
The Dragons Football alum, who got his start from being scouted during a basketball game by Lockview football coaches, had the Grey Cup for 48 hours.
“It still doesn’t feel real,” said Jones. “It feels like a movie.”
Novalea Pineo plays football with the Lockview High Dragons. It was her second time seeing the cup.
“I think it’s awesome because it gives the community a chance to be able to be included in all of this,” said Jones. “For Brian to bring the Grey Cup here, it’s awesome because in N.S. we don’t get included in all of that.
“It gives a lot of opportunity for us as fans, and myself as a player with Lockview, to come out and see it.”
Ian Avery, president of Dragons Football, was ecstatic to have Jones and the trophy come to the community.
“It’s pretty exciting for Lockview High and the Fall River Minor football program,” he said. “We’re going to cherish Brian’s and the Argos win right now.”
Sam McInnis said seeing the cup was great, but what stuck out for him was all the helmets he wore-Acadia, Lockview High, and Dragons minor football.
“It’s really inspiring,” he said.
With Halifax being bounded about on possibly getting a CFL expansion team in the future, Jones weighed in.
“It would really connect the CFL from coast to coast,” he said. “It would bring the whole country together. I’m definitely pushing for them to do that.”