By Scott Billeck for The Huddle Magazine
Winnipeg Rifles receiver Brett Carter will have a chance to impress the Winnipeg Blue Bombers brass at the team’s training camp in June.
Carter, the Midget Football League of Manitoba's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2009 with the St. Vital Mustangs and Midget Bowl II Offensive MVP, had an outstanding year with the Rifles in 2012, posting a CJFL-leading 48 receptions for 782 yards to go along with six touchdowns. He was MVP for the Rifles and was not only named a Prairie Football Conference All-Star but CJFL All-Canadian, as well.
“I started meeting with the Rifles coaches, starting talking about their personnel,” says Kyle Walters, Assistant General Manager and Director of Canadian Scouting for the Bombers. “The kid they spoke most highly of and the one they thought would compete the best in training camp was Brett.
“What separates him, I think, is that physically he competes. He is a strong kid, he runs well, has good hands, but most importantly he is a physically strong kid and looks very mature for his age.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound receiver says he’s honored to get the invite to participate in the Bombers training camp.
“It’s great,” said Carter. “It just shows that all the hard work I’ve put into the game that I love and I have dreamt of playing professionally is actually paying off. Getting the call and being recognized by a professional team is just amazing.”
Making the team would be a dream come true for the 20-year-old, but he admits that just being on the field will be an experience of a lifetime.
“Obviously making the team would be great,” says an excited Carter. “But just going in there for the experience and talking to players and learning a lot of stuff, sitting back and watching them be professional. Learning how they attack the day-to-day as a professional athlete and seeing how they prepare for game days.”
“We’re excited that a member of our family is getting a great opportunity to compete at the CFL level and fulfill a hometown dream,” said Rifles head coach Ryan Karhut. “His character, his dedication to the game, he is obviously a talented individual. His leadership and his work ethic as well I think really impressed them (the Blue Bombers) and made them realize that they had to have Brett in camp.”
Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp opens for the 2013 season on Sunday, June 2, at Investors Group Field.