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VANCOUVER - Nik Lewis found himself in unfamiliar territory this season.A key cog in the Calgary Stampeders offence for the last decade, the veteran slotback was mostly relegated to a supporting role in 2014 one that he wasnt at all used to, but accepted for the good of the team.Its the first time in my life, not just professionally, its the first time in my life that its been like this, the 32-year-old said this week. But growing over the years and growing up and understanding the way things are, Im a leader of men.Im a leader of those receivers in there and I owe it them to show up every day with the best attitude, with the ability to try to make them better men, better football players, better receivers, and thats what I did.As the Stampeders continue their preparations for Sundays Grey Cup game at B.C. Place Stadium against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Lewis said his contributions go far beyond his mediocre 37 catches for 377 yards and no touchdowns in 12 games this season.I think what I do is valuable. Its not just stats and yards, its more about how I communicate with those guys, said the outspoken 11-year veteran out of Southern Arkansas University. Theres been a lot of different things this year that have allowed me to be a better person, but also to understand and relate to these guys. Its just an ultimate experience to be a leader on a team and not just be a player.A 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first nine CFL seasons, Lewis suffered a broken fibula in August 2013 and has totalled just 69 catches for 777 yards and three TDs over the last two years.His future with the Stampeders beyond this weekend is very much up in the air, but the native of Jacksboro, Tex., is clear hes far from finished.I plan on playing next year and the next year after that, he said. I feel good, I feel confident. My body is finally getting back to the place (it needs to be). I talked to the coaches at the beginning of the year and they were just like, We need you to be at your best at the end of the season.Its the end of the season and Im at my best and I can do what I used to do, I promise you that. Now its just the opportunity to go out and do it.Lewis who had just one catch for five yards in Calgarys West Division victory over the Edmonton Eskimos wouldnt speculate on his next step in the CFL, but its clear where his heart resides.My focus when I started my career was to play for one team my whole career, he said. I didnt know how long my career would last. Im blessed to be here 11 years later. I dont know whats going to happen next year. Im not really focused on next year.All I can really focus on is right now and this game. Ive always said, if I got out and play the way I can play I dont have to worry about anything else because its going to take care of itself.Lewiss teammates still look to him for guidance, with quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell pointing to Calgarys stunning 40-27 comeback win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in October when the veteran receiver had nine catches for 98 yards.Nik has been in the league for a long time and for a very good reason, because hes done so many great things, said Mitchell, in his first year as Calgarys starter. He is absolutely a leader in our locker-room.Veteran running back Rob Cote added that the Stampeders often follow Lewiss lead on and off the field.Hes the heart and soul of this team and you see a difference when hes up, said Cote, who has played every one of his eight professional seasons alongside Lewis. Hes a great leader, a great guy and a great teammate.For all of Lewiss personal success with the Stampeders 805 receptions for 11,250 yards and 65 TDs in his career he conceded the team has often failed to meet expectations. A talented Calgary roster won the Grey Cup in 2008 but lost the big game in 2012, while falling in the West final in 2009, 2010 and again last year.Ive said in the past Ive always felt like we have been underachievers in my career here, said Lewis. Not talking about any one individual, but just as a team Ive felt like weve had the talent and ability to win more Grey Cups or at least play in more Grey Cup games.But he added the veteran core with the Stampeders, who finished the regular season 15-3, has learned valuable lessons heading into the 102nd Grey Cup against the Tiger-Cats (9-9).They say you learn when you lose. Now its time to go win it, said Lewis. We just learned to be patient, go enjoy ourselves and not press in the playoffs. Its still the same game. Weve just got to go out and execute.This year were coming in saying were going to play Hamilton the same way we played everybody else. Were not coming in expecting them to lay down and give it to us. We know its going to be a tough game. Theyre a good team.With all that in mind, a victory on Sunday will make all of Lewiss recent hurt fade away at least for a little while.Once the games over and you win it, all the wrongs, all the mistakes, everything that happened during the year, during the past years, is all corrected for at least that night, he said. Then you just start working on doing it again. Delano Hill Womens Jersey . Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations. Nel alleged that the Olympic runner changed his aim with his 9 mm pistol to ensure that he hit Steenkamp as she fell back against a magazine rack in a toilet cubicle. Ethan Pocic Seahawks Jersey . The Goldeyes (10-7) lost 4-1 to the Saltdogs (8-9) Sunday afternoon before 5,834 sizzling fans at Shaw Park. The loss drops Winnipegs record to 3-4 during this past weeks seven-game homestand. http://www.theseahawksnflfanatic.com/c-66-seahawks-delano-hill-jersey.aspx. - The Seattle Sounders busy off-season continues with the team acquiring defender Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew in exchange for a 2015 third-round pick and allocation money. Malik McDowell Seahawks Jersey . It was the most lopsided loss in Lakers history. Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who apparently are trying to make up for decades of humiliation at the hands of the Lakers all in one season; theyve won the last two meetings by a combined 84 points. Amara Darboh Jersey . Chris Johnson singled with two outs off left-hander Jerry Blevins (1-1), and Schafer pinch ran. With a 2-2 count, Schafer ran on the pitch and Upton dropped a single in front of Bryce Harper. Schafer already was rounding third when Schafer bobbled the ball.PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Mark Trumbo by agreeing Thursday to a $4.8 million. one-year contract with the outfielder. Arizona acquired Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in December in a three-team trade that also included the Chicago White Sox. Trumbo hit 34 home runs last season and 32 in 2012. He has 95 home runs since reaching the major leagues in 2011. A first baseman much of his time with the Angels, Trumbo is expected to play left field for Arizona.dddddddddddd Other than Paul Goldschmidt with 36 homers, the Diamondbacks had no one hit more than 14 last season. Trumbo was Arizonas last player in arbitration. He had asked for a raise from $540,000 to $5.85 million when the sides swapped proposed salaries last month, and the Diamondbacks had offered $3.4 million. 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