PDT Sports Editor
Gerald Cadogan’s football career has taken a winding, arduous path, but Sunday the former Portsmouth Trojan standout won the 100th Canadian Football League Grey Cup as a part of the Toronto Argonauts.
Cadogan and the Argonauts won the franchises’ 16th Grey Cup with a 35-22 over the Calgary Stampeders, another team he was a part of during his professional career.
“It’s just an amazing feeling and it was humbling to be part of something so monumental,” Cadogan said Monday evening.
After graduating from PHS, the offensive tackle was an All-Big Ten perfomer at Penn State and spent time on the rosters of five NFL teams before playing in the Arena Football League and spending time with the Stampeders earlier this season.
When the Argonauts called, Cadogan had a difficult decision to make.
“Later in the season, Toronto asked me to be a part of the team. They had gone through some injuries and needed help,” Cadogan said. “I was hesitant at first and didn’t know what to do because I didn’t know if I wanted to go back to Canada keep trying to play professionally.
“But a bunch of great people around Portsmouth including Amy Hughes and Portsmouth’s Superintendent (Scott Dutey) encouraged me to exhaust all opportunities.”
The decision paid off and a month later Cadogan found himself celebrating with the Grey Cup in hand. The Argonauts built a half time lead of 24-6 in front of their home fans in the Rogers Centre and never relinquished the advantage with a 35-22 final.
“This team pulled itself back from a .500 record partway through the season and finished so strong through the end,” Cadogan said.
More than 40 years ago, another Portsmouth native played in the Grey Cup as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and won 13-10 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. That Portsouth native took home MVP game honors along the way. His name was Chuck Ealey.
Ealey, a product of Notre Dame High School football under Hall of Famer Ed Miller, was a legend in Portsmouth and one of the best college quarterbacks ever to play the game while at Toledo.
Now Cadogan’s name will be linked in Portsmouth lore with Ealey.
“It’s an amazing feeling and humbling to be part of it,” Cadogan said. “I think the thing that people can take from Chuck Ealey and myself is that great things come from Portsmouth. Grey Cup champs, doctors, so on. Great things come from Portsmouth.
“I hope this encourages our youth to chase dreams and work hard and that through God, all things are possible.”
Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 298, or firstname.lastname@example.org.