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Lions rookie offensive lineman with deep Manitoba roots, even though he didn grow up in the province.
Player, whose first name is shortened to T Dre, was born in Manitoba and spent the first nine years of his life there, but that when his family moved to Texas so he could have more athletic opportunities.
That led to a college career at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and then his being selected 12th overall by the Lions in this year CFL draft. He was surprised to go that high, because he aggravated a hamstring injury at the regional combine in Toronto in March and was unable to participate in the main combine two days later.
be drafted that high with not even being able to really participate in the combine, it was pretty surprising, Player said. was expecting to maybe go kind of late because I wasn able to show out, but it all worked out. 6 foot 6, 300 pound native was born to Paul Player, an Oklahoma product who played for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball team, and Corinne Fontaine, who hails from Sagkeeng. Player First Nation heritage is something he takes seriously and hopes to share one day.
been thrown around a lot, about me being a role model to First Nation youth and things like that, said Player, who visited Manitoba every couple of summers after moving to Texas. right now I still trying to learn the ways of carrying myself professionally as well. Sure, I can be a role model to the youth and those that look up.
of the things I kind of want to get into is as a veteran of the CFL,
maybe have opportunities to speak at some high schools or some communities. things first, though, and that getter a better grasp of this pro football gig. He started the first two games of the season at left guard and even caught a touchdown pass in the season opener as a tight end.
Not a bad memory for your first pro game, although he wasn sure what to do with the football after he caught the pass.
thought I was supposed to hand it back to the referee, he said. didn want to do anything stupid. I didn want to get a penalty and get it called back, so I just hung on to it. (The Lions) actually ended up doing something really nice to it, so I got it back at my place. was rocking a Winnipeg Jets toque at the regional combine in Toronto in March, and he was still wearing it on Thursday when he was walking back to his apartment in downtown Vancouver.
the time, he said, adding the Jets will always be his NHL team.
His CFL allegiances, however, lie with the Lions, even though he has been moved to a backup role with the return to health of left guard Kirby Fabien. That doesn change the fact that he drew rave reviews from the coaching staff in training camp and appears to have a long CFL career ahead of him.
love playing here, Player said. love playing in the CFL and just the atmosphere. It great not to have to study every hour on the hour after everything all done. You don have to worry about two things at once. You can just worry about football and perfecting the craft. I find it fun. I want to be here for a long, long time in the CFL. also means the Lions have gained a lot of fans on Sagkeeng First Nation.
got family all around that area, he said. always kept in touch with them, even being down in the south. Even though they extended family,
I feel they the closest to my immediate family. It good to hear from them all the time.