Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Receiver Denmark Enjoying Solid Start to Second Stint with Blue Bombers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Receiver Denmark Enjoying Solid Start to Second Stint with Blue Bombers

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Denmark solid in second stint with Bombers


WINNIPEG - Clarence Denmark could've hung his head and doubted himself after being released by two CFL teams in a span of three months, but that's not how he approaches life.

The veteran receiver always tries to keep a positive attitude, even after being let go by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March and then finding his name among the Saskatchewan Roughriders' final cuts in June.

Denmark dealt with those rejections by continuing to post inspirational messages on his Twitter account about appreciating each day and being ready for the next opportunity.

"Success is a journey not a destination," Denmark tweeted the day Winnipeg released the five-year veteran for financial reasons.

"Tough biz we deal with but this gives me the chance to slide to the peg to see my lil man on Father's Day. See the good in everything," Denmark said on Twitter after the Roughriders let him go.

Denmark, 30, had some good news to announce when Winnipeg re-signed him July 31 after more injuries to its receiving corps. Coincidentally, the call came while he was watching the Bombers (4-4) defeat Edmonton on television to start their current three-game win streak.

"I was just really happy to get the opportunity, an opportunity I never thought I would get," Denmark said Monday after the Bombers returned to the practice field following a bye week.

Winnipeg travels to Montreal to face the Alouettes (3-5) on Friday.

Last year, Denmark played 18 games and had 57 catches for 1,080 yards and three touchdowns. When he was cut after the Bombers spent big money in the off-season, he'd amassed 306 receptions for 4,165 yards and 16 TDs in 88 regular-season games with the club and in 2014 was a West Division all-star.

After Saskatchewan released him, Denmark went home to Jacksonville and focused on remaining in game shape and financial shape with his clothing company. He started Made Fresh Clothing in 2012, an online business that sells casual shirts Denmark designs.

Denmark admitted the double rejections were a blow.

"I'm not going to stand here and say it wasn't tough," he said. "But I knew what I had to do, and I knew what I had to do if I ever got another shot to play. …

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