Juaquin Iglesias thought his days in pro football had ended until the Argos presented a new start, an opportunity he simply had to seize.
Whether it was the politics of the pigskin down south, not being in the right situation at the right time, not taking advantage of whatever reps that were given, Iglesias was resigned to life after football and decided to enrol again at the University of Oklahoma, where he carved himself a nice niche.
“I thought I was done,’’ confided Iglesias, a wide receiver whose first taste of three-down was provided when he attended the Argos’ recent mini-camp in Florida. “I got the call from Toronto and I figured I’d give it a chance.”
From a physical standpoint, Iglesias looks a little like Arland Bruce III, Toronto’s former go-to receiver who has since taken his act to Montreal.
Iglesias does not have Bruce’s breakaway speed, but he’s sure-handed, knows how to get open and he certainly made an impression at Toronto’s mini-camp.
A lot more will be known when the team’s main camp begins, and Iglesias plays in the pre-season and competes at a position that is shaping up to be highly competitive in Argoland.
During his run in the NFL, Iglesias played for the Chicago Bears, a team that headed to Toronto during the 2010 season to play the host Buffalo Bills. He was introduced to the city and enjoyed his time in Hogtown, an exposure that convinced him to jump on Toronto’s offer.
“I was ready to go in a different direction,’’ said Iglesias, 25. “When Toronto contacted me, I decided to give it a shot while I still can, while I’m still young.
“I was in Toronto for a few days with the Bears and I loved the city. I had a great time. I think that helped when Toronto called.”
Juaquin Iglesias jumps at Argos opportunity
Toronto Sun | May 10