Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Argos Linebacker Emry Skipping Brother's Wedding to Attend First Day of Camp

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Argos Linebacker Emry Skipping Brother's Wedding to Attend First Day of Camp

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Emry eager to get started with Boatmen

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TORONTO - Toronto linebacker Shea Emry wants to make a good first impression and show his dedication to his new team.

The former CFL all-star said he will be skipping his brother's wedding so that he can attend the first day of training camp with the Argonauts later this spring. Emry said it was a tough choice but he wants to prove that he's ready to put in the work and earn the respect of his teammates.

"This is essentially my rookie year and I have to come in and earn my keep," Emry said. "I know it's not going to be easy and that's why I made that decision. This is my job, this is my career and this is something that's really important to me."

The 27-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Argonauts last February shortly after the start of CFL free agency. He spent six seasons with the Alouettes after being drafted seventh overall in 2008.

Emry, who had 46 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery last season, said he likes to lead by example and hopes he'll develop a solid chemistry with his new club.

"By no means do I think I'm going to come in and just be the leader right off the bat because they already have leaders in this locker-room," Emry said Tuesday at a media availability at the Argos' downtown office. "I just want to bond together with those guys and form a strong team atmosphere."

Rookies and quarterbacks will start camp May 28 at York University and veteran players will participate in their first practice on June 1. Emry said he explored all possible options so that he could attend his brother's wedding in Ladner, B.C., but unfortunately he won't make it.

Emry, who is from Richmond, B.C., said he now has a residence in downtown Toronto and is looking forward to living in the Ontario capital.

"It smacked me in the face when we landed yesterday and I was like, 'This is home,'" he said. …

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