After eight seasons of being a thorn in their side, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers no longer have to worry about covering Weston Dressler.
Now it’s up to the rest of the CFL to stop him.
The 30-year-old slotback signed a two-year deal with the Bombers after spending the first eight seasons of his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After so many years on the other side of the field, did it feel weird to put on blue and gold for the first time?
“It actually strangely felt good. Obviously, being on the other side of this rivalry for so long, you develop all those feelings,” Dressler said after his introductory press conference. “The thing I’ve enjoyed most about the rivalry is that it’s a pretty friendly rivalry. I’ve gotten the chance to talk with a lot of Winnipeg fans over the years and it’s always been good conversations.”
When Dressler signed a four-year extension with the Riders in 2014, it seemed like a lock that he would never leave Regina. But after a rough season and a change in management, Dressler found himself unemployed.
“It was tough because of the history. When you’re with a place for eight years, anytime you move on from that it makes it difficult. It’s the game of football, you never know what’s going to happen. For me, right now I wanted to continue playing football and I thought this was my best opportunity to do so.”
Dressler says his familiarity with offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice as well as quarterback Drew Willy factored into his decision to come to Winnipeg, a city that hasn’t seen a Grey Cup winner since 1990.
“I think it would be awesome, it would mean a lot to me to help bring a Grey Cup here. The thing I’ve learned in this league, though, is that they don’t come easy. You gotta put the work in. I think we’re getting the guys in place that are willing to put that work in.”
Dressler admits he doesn’t know the city very well and looks forward to learning more about what Winnipeg has to offer.