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    One of the more eye-catching numbers on a detailed RedBlacks roster is 14 -- the size of cleats worn by both the starting quarterback and his backup.
    Another is 39, the age Henry Burris turned Wednesday.
    Thomas DeMarco, Burris' generously listed 5-foot-11, 200 pound apprentice, would like nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of the mentor.
    "If I can be in his position when it's all said and done, that would be awesome," DeMarco, 25, said of Burris. "This game is a privilege to play ... and he's doing exactly what he wanted to do.
    "I hope that I can be in his shoes when I grow up."
    The list of CFL quarterbacks who played into their 40s includes Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen, Danny McManus and Ron Lancaster. Burris plans on joining it.
    "I forsee myself just finishing this out and that will be it, but who knows," said the 17-season veteran, who signed a three-year deal with the RedBlacks in February. "Right now I'm taking it a year at a time, but I know I can finish out this contract, with the way my body feels."
    Four days through camp, the signs are indeed positive.
    "I still feel young," said Burris, who could pass for a 29-year old. "I had a great offseason of working out and training. I haven't even had to get in the ice tub yet, so that proves well, especially after Day 4.
    "The arm feels good, The legs feel good. Knowing the fact I haven't had to get in a cold tub or I'm not really sore, that proves a lot, that my body is still in great shape and that I'm going to be fine going into this season."
    Along with his workout program focused on keeping him loose and limber -- "The first thing you lose with age is your quickness," he said. "I try to do the things in offseason training that helps me maintain that" -- Burris is mindful of what he consumes.
    "I'm really not a candy person," he said. "I never drink pop. I do enjoy a wine occasionally, here and there. But a lot of the things I see when I do my research, certain things aren't good for you, certain fast foods and things that are out there. I always keep myself away from that.
    "I try to eat plenty of vegetables, but also get the right type of meats inside of you, the meats that are low in fats and stuff like that. And I try not to consume a lot of sugar ... sugar buildup is probably one of the most dangerous things in the world as far as what we put in our body."
    RedBlacks head coach Rick Campbell figures Burris is "getting younger all the time." He puts it down to genetics, hard work and a continuous desire to learn and grow.
    "He doesn't look any different than he did 10 years ago, physically," said Campbell, who added that Burris is as sharp on the field as ever. "I think the last couple of years, playing against him when he was playing for Hamilton, he was a pain in the butt to play against. I thought he had as fresh legs and live arm as he's ever had."
    Burris is pumped about his new team and the opportunity. When asked if he thinks he has anything left to prove, he says no, but the RedBlacks do.
    "Nobody thinks we have a chance," said Burris, who heard the same thing when he was QB last season for the Ticats -- before he led them to the Grey Cup game. "It's the first year of all this coming together and there's no way this team can make it. Well, if it happened last year it can definitely happen this year. It's all about what we put into it as players, the focus and the sacrifices we make. With all this talent we have, anything is possible."
    Burris made it through his birthday practice without incident.
    More.............

    http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/06/04/ottawa-redblacks-henry-burris-turns-39-and-feels-great
     

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