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2012 Highlights: Dave Stala

CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON -- At 33 years old, Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Dave Stala is fully aware that his time in the CFL is nearing its end.

However, that doesn’t mean the 10-year veteran won’t do everything in his power to ensure that whatever time he does has left is spent playing some top notch football.

“We’ll see how my body holds up. I try to play year-to-year now and over the last couple of years I’ve changed my diet and have been able to stay healthy the last four years,” said Stala when asked if this contract would be his last.

“I don’t think I’m slowing down, I’m still doing the things I can out there. I’ll take it one year at a time, play this year and see where we’re at next year,” he added.

And you can bet that Stala is hoping this year is better than last. Playing under George Cortez’s offensive system, Stala tallied his lowest statistical totals since joining the Tiger-Cats in 2009.

In 16 games in 2012, Stala hauled in 42 passes for 655 yards and a mere four touchdowns, failing to register even one 100-yard game in the process.

But with a new head coach in Kent Austin and offensive coordinator in Tommy Condell ushering in a new era of optimism in Hamilton, Stala hopes to find himself in the middle of a lot more action in 2013.

“I hope so, that’s the plan,” replied Stala after being asked if he anticipates being more involved next year.

“As a receiver in this league, you should always want footballs and there are five guys so everyone’s going to be fighting for it. I felt left out a little bit last year so I hope I can contribute a little bit more this year. If you look over the last couple of years when I did get the ball we had a lot of success, so hopefully I can do that next year,” he added.

Last week saw Stala cap off a string of days where the Ticats announced the signings of Canadian veterans, as both Marwan Hage and Pete Dyakowski scribed their names on the dotted line for more work in Hamilton.

Stala, who broke into the CFL in 2003 as a member of the Alouettes, says that his decision weighed heavily on the aforementioned transactions.

“Speaking with Marwan and Peter, seeing them sign is big,” said Stala.

“It solidifies our offensive line. I think our offensive core is very strong this year and as long as we can pull together in all three phases I think we’ll be a tough team to play against,” he added.

With a decade’s worth of action under his belt, Stala has seen his role evolve from young stud towards a grizzled mentor, something he is definitely proud of.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to help out the younger guys and they definitely listen,” he said.

“We have a great core here so, Andy (Fantuz), Chris (Williams) Bakari (Grant) and Sam (Giguere), so we’re going to be a great bunch this year. But again, I do a little bit, but I’m not here to help other guys, I’m here to be successful, I want to help our team win football games.”

Fan Comments
als rule
oh yeah baby!! cabbage rolls, potato pancakes, borsch soup, polish pickles, pickled red cabbage, polish ham etc etc for his hogs on the OL and DL!! LOL LOL LOL
January 23, 2013 - 11:39am
Whoa!! That makes a LOT OF SENSE!!! - NOT!! Continually poking fun at the players of a team that beat you twice last season by a total of 28 while you only managed one win by a measly 2 on a last minute FG. Never mind the standings - Ticats have had the Als number the past couple of seasons and YOU don't like that, DO YOU? LOL LOL LOL LOL yourself!!
January 23, 2013 - 1:34pm
Usually I get the general idea of what you try to say, but this left me clueless. Fattening up the OL and DL? Bribing the OL and DL with polish food (since Stala is Polish Canadian?) You lost me.
January 23, 2013 - 4:53pm
tabbie fans....why do we waste our key strokes on this guy?
January 23, 2013 - 8:03pm
Glad that "Sticky" Stala is hanging around for at least a couple more years. He's entertaining to watch and an sure bet on most 2nd and long plays! And he is still younger than ABIII!
January 23, 2013 - 11:38am
als rule
so what!! that's the best you got 1 YEAR!!
January 23, 2013 - 1:26pm
At least 2 years... alsrule, your warped opinions about players and teams dont make the stats true... why dont you jump on the maturity train and grow up. The Als are picking up everyone else's rejects while trying to replace a great head coach and carry a fossil quarterback... The Als are going down and the Cats are on their way up! tabbiefanmcb, you nailed it buddy! Oskee Wee Wee!!
Oh, almost forgot, LOL LOL LOL LOL!!
January 23, 2013 - 7:09pm
als rule
love your humour!! not!! every year the same with you!! als going down and ticats going up!! BUT WHEN?!! oh yeah LOL LOL LOL almost forgot!! LOL LOL LOL
January 24, 2013 - 9:41am