North Bay’s Mike O'Shea would have rather be preparing for a game rather than talking about himself.
But with his Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a bye week and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame poised to welcome him later this week, O'Shea had no choice but to suck it up.
"This is not enjoyable," the 46-year-old Blue Bombers head coach told a conference call earlier this week.
"Playing football was extremely enjoyable, coaching is extremely enjoyable.
"The rest of it is, you know, not at the top of my list."
O'Shea will be enshrined tonight in Hamilton, joining running back Kelvin Anderson, quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receiver Geroy Simon in the player category. Former Calgary Stampeders president Stan Schwartz and longtime Saskatchewan Huskies coach Brian Towriss will be inducted as builders.
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O’Shea will have some familiar North Bay faces in the crowd as he makes his acceptance speech Thursday night.
We will have updates from reporter Ken Pagan who is at the event this evening.
With files from Canadian Press