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“It doesn’t matter whether he was in the first or fifth lap, because that’s just water under the bridge. He was consistently productive and steadfast for us from Day 1. “
The 25-year-old, Ghana-born pass rusher was Edmonton’s nomination for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019 and avoided becoming a free agent on February 9 by serving for another season with the first and only club in Canadian Football League he played again for.
“I think he more than made it known and showed that we were lucky enough to make it into the fifth round,” said Sunderland, adding that Boateng had piqued the NFL’s interest. “Along with his great game on the field, he has become a very active figure for us in the community and loves Edmonton so much that he made it his year-round home.
“We’re fortunate that Kwaku in green and gold continues for us.”
Before the Edmonton Oilers’ season opener against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday at Rogers Place, the home team wore Moss on the back of their team sweaters as they warm up to pay homage to sports icon Joey Moss. The longtime locker room attendant for the Oilers and Edmonton Football Team died in October at the age of 57.
As part of a tribute, the video board in the arena showed photos of Moss with both clubs and played the video of one of his patented singers on ‘O Canada’ while the national anthem was being performed live. At the same time, the Oilers respected their former head coach, the late John Muckler.
“Noble move by the mighty oil, everyone is wearing jerseys with Moss nameplates,” tweeted Moss’ friend and former equipment manager for the Edmonton Football Team, Dwayne Mandrusiak. RIP, Joey and John. “
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