For Paige Hansen, a 12-year-old cancer survivor, CFL football has helped light the road out of a “dark time.” On that road, Duron Carter’s awe-inspiring, one-handed touchdown catch Saturday added a major landmark.
After the Roughriders’ wide receiver reeled in the ball to score against the visiting Toronto Argonauts, he ran across the field to throw it to Hansen, who could hardly believe it.
“I was shaking, and screaming and so excited,” said Hansen. “It was honestly amazing.”
Hansen, who is from Sturgis, Saskatchewan, was attending the game with her mom and aunt. The trio brought a sign to “pay tribute to our presidents,” said Michelle Hansen, Paige’s mother.
Clever sign leads to fateful promise
The sign was a play on the names of Duron Carter, Namaan Roosevelt and Bakari Grant, who all share a last name with former United States presidents.
Carter noticed the sign before the game, and said, “hey, that’s awesome,” according to Michelle.
He then promised them a touchdown and during the second quarter, he delivered.
In the moment, Michelle said all they were thinking about was the fact that the Roughriders needed the points. But when he started crossing the field toward them, they remembered his promise.
“When he split from the group and ran over to us, he says to my daughter, ‘I promised you this ball.’ “
“An amazing catch, but an even better release,” she said.
After the gesture, she said she was overcome with emotion.