HomecomingWhen Walter Wilson signed a contract to play...


June 18, 1994|By Ken Murray


When Walter Wilson signed a contract to play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this year, he was torn by the desire to play for his hometown team. This week, the rift was mended and Wilson got the chance he wanted.

Released by Winnipeg and signed by the CFL Colts, Wilson hopes for more than a short stay. As it is, he has two weeks to make the roster.

"I know I got a late start," he said yesterday. "[But] I think I've got more ability than any guy out there. I have a lot of experience. I'm a smart receiver with good speed and hands. I can catch a punt, cover a kick. I've got an offensive mentality with a defensive character."

He will need it all because when the Colts signed him and Chris Armstrong, they were looking for a slot receiver/special teamer. At 27, he already has had three chances in the NFL -- he made it as a 1990, third-round pick with the San Diego Chargers out of East Carolina.

At Winnipeg, he said, he was told the team signed only two receivers. When he went to camp, he found 26. He wanted his release and got it. Now, he'll try to make a quick impression. It could start with today's scripted scrimmage in York, Pa.

Show and tell

Head coach Don Matthews will be taking names and booking reservations today. That's the upshot of the full-speed, no-tackle scrimmage. He's taking 48 players to Shreveport, La., for next week's exhibition opener, and there are 67 on the roster.

"People going neck-and-neck can either get on the plane or get )) off the plane," he said. "They're fighting for a chance to play in the preseason game. Without playing in the preseason game, they can't get on the team."

Good omen

Matthews found a Canadian penny in the grass yesterday at Towson and considered it good luck. "That means no injuries tomorrow," he said.

Helping out

Tomorrow from 8:45 a.m. to noon, coaches and players will show support and serve as "huggers" for participants in the Special Olympics at Towson State.

Heavy lifting

Colts owner Jim Speros said York Barbell will donate more than $75,000 of weight equipment in a corporate sponsorship deal.

York directions

Directions to Small's Athletic Field: Take Interstate 83 north to exit 5 north. Follow George Street through town. Go right on Jackson, left on Duke, then pick up George again (turn left). Cross an iron bridge and turn right on Hamilton Avenue. Field is on left. A $1 charge for adults will help York offset costs.


Ivan Caesar

Pos: Rush end

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 240




Year: Rookie

Outlook: Spent NFL time with Vikings and Eagles as an outside linebacker. Adjusted well to rush end spot, where he can use his quickness and instincts.

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