Showell gets 'play to stay' opportunity

CFLS NOTEBOOK

October 20, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Malcolm Showell's NFL past is littered with pink slips. Saturday afternoon, though, he will attempt to write a ticket for a CFL future.

Showell, a defensive tackle for the Baltimore's Canadian Football League team, will be activated for Saturday's home game against the B.C. Lions.

"This is why I came here -- to play football in Memorial Stadium," he said yesterday.

Showell, 26, is a Baltimore native who played at Dunbar High, then for Delaware State. He spent the past six weeks -- and a total of seven -- on Baltimore's practice roster. He was added to the active roster in place of an injured Jearld Baylis for a Sept. 3 win at Shreveport.

He made two tackles in a reserve role. This week, he'll back up another Delaware State alum, Robert Presbury. Showell goes on the active roster for Mike Kerr, demoted to the practice squad.

"He needs to be a force as a pass rusher, and to make plays when he gets the chance," coach Don Matthews said. "This is his chance to play to stay."

Showell, a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder, was cut four times by two NFL teams, the Los Angeles Raiders and Green Bay Packers. When he was picked up by the Phoenix Cardinals last August, he asked for his release -- to play for his hometown team.

"I've been released enough to know when the grim reaper is about to do it," he said. "I'm tired of dealing with the NFL. I played well enough to make the Packers.

"I want to be productive so I can better my chances of staying on the roster."

Miscellaneous

Baltimore signed offensive lineman Marc Borrelli, 6-5 and 285, to the practice roster. Borrelli played at Boston College and attended the Indianapolis Colts' camp this year. . . . CFLs owner Jim Speros said he expects a season-high crowd of more than 42,000 Saturday.

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