TORONTO - Matt Ware wasnt ready to call it a career just yet
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文章主題 :  TORONTO - Matt Ware wasnt ready to call it a career just yet

TORONTO - Matt Ware wasnt ready to call it a career just yet. For two years Ware worked as a personal trainer in California, waiting for another chance to play pro football. There were workouts and discussions with other clubs after being released by the NFLs Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2011 season, but nothing concrete materialized. That is until January, when the Toronto Argonauts came calling. So instead of pursuing a job as a firefighter as planned, the 31-year-old is trying to kick-start his pro career in the CFL. "I came here because I felt I had unfinished business," Ware said following Thursdays practice at York University. "I still have a love for the game and felt like I left (NFL) on bad terms. "I still want to play." The six-foot-three, 218-pound Ware played seven NFL seasons with Philadelphia and Arizona. He spent two years with the Eagles, who selected the former UCLA star in the third round, 89th overall, in the 04 draft, before joining the Cardinals. Ware played 95 career NFL games, his three starts all coming with Arizona. He recorded 115 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while playing in two Super Bowls (04 with Philadelphia, 08 with Arizona). But Ware wavered about wanting to return to the NFL. "Its all in the Lords hands," he said. "If I come up here and do a great job, whos to say I wouldnt just stay here? "Im grateful for the opportunity to be an Argo." Ware was a two-sport athlete at UCLA and played two seasons of minor-league baseball with the Seattle Mariners organization. Ware, a married father of two young daughters, played safety in the NFL but is working at cornerback with Toronto. A revamped Argos defence — only cornerback Jalil Carter remains from the 12 Grey Cup-winning unit — has a definite need at corner with all-star Pat Watkins signing with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent. Not only must Ware adjust to a new position but also a new team playing a different game with unlimited motion and an extra man on a longer, wider field. But first-year defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke said Thursday, so far so good. "Hes done really well," Burke said of Ware. "Hes a smart guy, he understands how to learn and be a professional. "Rookies are up and down . . . I think having a guy like Matt is great for our defence." Argos head coach Scott Milanovich is also impressed with Wares veteran savvy. "He strikes me as a very mature, veteran player who understands about preparation and all the little things we build our foundation on," Milanovich said. "Physically, hes a big, strong man who has good enough hips to play corner. "Hes a little bit like the guy we had last year (Watkins) but different styles. Hes doing a nice job for us." And Ware is having fun making the transition to the wide-open, pass-happy Canadian game. "There are so many moving parts," he said. "It just keeps you really in tune with the game. "Sometimes in the NFL you can go out there and just have your guy and it gets a little monotonous even though its a great challenge." Ware said a ringing endorsement of Toronto and the Argos from good friend Tyler Ebell — a former CFL running back with Edmonton, the Double Blue, B.C and Hamilton — certainly didnt hurt his decision-making process. "He told me about his experiences here and how much he loved it," Ware said. "So Im just excited to be here playing ball." A huge advantage Ware has over other CFL rookies is his pro experience. When everything seems to be happening all at once on the field, Ware has a solid knowledge base to fall back on. "Its still football," he said. "No matter how the formation comes together or if six guys are all moving at once, its still football. "You really have to stick to your technique and keys, what the coaches told you to do because if you start looking at too much then youre going to mess yourself up. If youre in man to man youve got to work your feet, look at the hips and guard your guy. If you have zone coverage, you need to see the big picture." And with CFL players participating in a ratification vote Thursday, Ware certainly understands the business side of the game. He was still with Phoenix during the last NFL lockout, which lasted from March 12 to July 25, 2011. But hes purposely not spoken to his new teammates about it. "The only thing I can do is handle what I can on the field," Ware said. "It was a different situation, ours was a lockout. "We had to prepare for that and we were prepared for it with our PA." But Ware certainly learned from that experience. "I saved my money, I worked out and was ready when they told me to be on the field," he said. 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