He was expansive, thoughtful, generous with his time, friendly, warm and, at times, a little coy.
But most of all he was A Presence. A Big Presence.
And that’s among the first things Fantuz mentioned Monday. He recalled the immediate swagger that Austin brought to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007, their last Grey Cup championship year. And, like most coaches, and just about every quarterback, he oozes confidence, sending out the vibes that things will be all right no matter how bleak they may seem.
That presence and confidence are imperative for the “face? of the franchise, which Austin immediately becomes.
Milton has become a must read. What an excellent sports writer.
Love how this piece expresses his gut reaction to Austin during the media conference yesterday. Milton expresses hope.