HAMILTON – Alouettes wide receiver Tyson Philpot has a twin brother, Jalen, who refuses to wear a Montreal club jersey for the Gray Cup final. The reason is obvious, because Jalen himself plays in the Canadian Football League, but for the Calgary Stampeders.
“My brother was the first one to text me to congratulate me after we won the East final,” Tyson noted. He understands that this week revolves around me within the family and supports me. However, I will have to force him if I want him to wear an Alouettes jersey.
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Football is a family affair for the Philpots. Cory, his father, was a star in the CFL, winning the 1994 Gray Cup with the British Columbia Lions. Tyson and Jalen weren’t even born yet, but now, 30 years after his father, the Alouettes pass catcher was able to lift the treasured trophy Sunday night, at the end of the final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“The advice my dad gave me was to approach the game like any other game,” said the 23-year-old from British Columbia. You have to avoid thinking too much and control your emotions, not have ups and downs and just play football.
Cory Philpot will apparently be in Hamilton for the match, as will his mother, twin brother and their sister.
“Everybody’s excited,” agreed the proud Alouettes color wearer.
Vanier Cup 2019
Prior to the CFL, Tyson and Jalen played together with the University of Calgary Dinos and won the Vanier Cup together in 2019. Fun Fact: Current Alouettes player Jake Harty, who was recovering from surgery, was part of the Dinos coaching staff. And to add to the story, all these wonderful people defeated Danny Macioci and the Carabins from the University of Montreal in the finals played in Quebec.
The memories associated with this Vanier Cup win are obviously precious to the Philpots. As for the Gray Cup, Tyson particularly remembers the Lions’ 2011 home win. He was 11 years old then.
“I knew the sons of some of the Lions players well,” he explained. I remember celebrating the victory on the field of BC Place with a shower of confetti. It was cool, but I think it’s time to get my ring and celebrate with confetti again.”
Ironically, in 2011 the Lions beat the Blue Bombers in the final.
What did they say…
“If you look at the way we’ve gone this year, the players we have and the energy in the team, it’s special. You have no choice to believe it. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a very good team. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. We faced Toronto, who were the best team in the East, and we managed to win that day. We’ll try to do the same thing on Sunday against Winnipeg. – Marc-Antoine Dequoy
“It’s special for me to be here representing the Montreal Alouettes because that’s the team I grew up watching in the Gray Cup. That makes it exciting, but at the same time, we’ve been visualizing this moment all year. We put in the work to be here and we’re not surprised to be here. We’re here to win and we’re going to do what we have to do” –Byron Archambault, special teams coach
“I will touch the trophy when we win it, not before” —Philippe Gagnon