If you asked the always candid Travis Lulay to give you an honest answer, he’d probably admit that he’s in the home stretch of his career.
Once upon a time, back in 2011, Lulay was the best player in the CFL, and it wasn’t even close. He was named most valuable player in the BC Lions’ Grey Cup win – at home, no less – and was named the league’s most outstanding player to boot.
But now, that seems like a distant memory.
Hampered by two major shoulder setbacks in the span of less than a year, the 32-year-old is more a shell of his former self than the dominant quarterback he was four years ago.
Those injuries forced GM Wally Buono’s hand this offseason, when he brought six other quarterbacks to camp this weekend to compete for jobs, potentially even Lulay’s.
If we go into the upcoming CFL season expecting Lulay to recapture that old magic, perhaps it’s time we re-adjust our expectations. It’s a stretch to suggest he can get back there. The question nowadays isn’t even if he can get back there, it’s can he survive a full season without getting hurt again.
Lulay says he can’t sit and worry if he’ll get hurt again, that it’ll drive himself bonkers if he does.
But the truth is, I worry about the well-being of one of the CFL’s kinder, and gentler ambassadors of the game, a man who also witnessed the birth of his second child this past year. If there is any kind of doubt that Lulay should consider packing it in for the sake of his own long-term health, I sincerely hope he gives it some strong consideration. There is life after football.
But that’s just me, giving my honest answer.