Originally signed in free agency to what was then the Edmonton Football Team, hot-shot running back James Wilder Jr. will find himself coming to Edmonton as a member of the newly named Elks.
“We’re working with it now, I actually like it,” Wilder said of the team’s new moniker, unveiled June 1. “I know they had a few names, like Energy and different names beginning with E, and I personally liked Elks.
“But I stayed out of the way of it, I let the fans go while I kind of sat back and Twitter-watched everything. But I think they made the right decision.”
While an elk might not be the first thing in nature that a running back might try to emulate when it comes to speed, there’s not much that can stand in the way of one, either. And at six-foot-three and more than 230 pounds, Wilder Jr. resembles more of a bull elk than a cheetah anyway, especially considering when he puts his head down, the antlers on his helmet come up.
“I think it separates us from everybody else too,” Wilder added. “Toronto has the A, Saskatchewan has the S, Ottawa has an R. Everyone has the letters, so I feel we separated ourselves with our Elks logo.”
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