Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the opportunity to interview Canadian Football League’s Shawn Gore who is a member of the 2011 Grey Cup champions BC Lions. Gore is a Toronto native he grew up in the Toronto area playing both football and hockey. In his college years Gore attended Bishop’s University where he played all 4 years until he tryed out for the Green Bay Packers in 2010 until returning home to play for the BC Lions in the CFL. Please enjoy the interview with Shawn Green and please follow Shawn on Twitter at @SGore85.
Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with fellow BC Lions Football Fans ?
Shawn Gore: I’m often involved with community programs which help me get out and meet our fans, twitter is also a tool i used to stay connected with the lion faithful but i haven’t been tweeting much recently.
Justin Godsey: How did you get into playing football ?
Shawn Gore: I first started playing football in summer leagues because my high school did not have a team. I played rugby and basketball at Don Mills collegiate until i decided to switch school for grade 12 to play football.
Justin Godsey: Growing up in Canada did you play Hockey at all or was Football your main passion ?
Shawn Gore: Of coarse, you have to play some good ol’ hockey if your canadian. I played in an organized ice hockey league for two years, it was a lot of fun but I was a little more drawn to sports that were played in some warmer temperatures.
Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School Football Career ?
Shawn Gore: My highschool football career was not very lengthy as I started in grd. 12, I played two summer league seasons before starting highschool ball. When I started I was far from the best player on the feild but I working hard and found myself continuing the game in university.
Justin Godsey: From High School tell us about your Football career at Bishop’s University ?
Shawn Gore: I played with the Bishop’s Gaiters for four years. I was lucky enough to start every game I played for the school and even luckier to play with some great teamates, five who I still play with on the Lions.
Justin Godsey: Tell us about your style of play?
Shawn Gore: I see myself as a fast physical football player, I love being out there and enjoy the competition.
Justin Godsey: When you signed with the Green Bay Packers give us your reaction by making it to there team ?
Shawn Gore: I thought it was a prank at first, not many athletes make the jump from CIS to an NFL camp. So I thought that it was possibly a friend trying to pull my leg, i soon found out that it was not.
Justin Godsey: When you came to the Packers what player helped you get situated in during your time there ?
Shawn Gore: There are a lot of great character guys on the team who help the younger players out, Greg Jennings and Donald driver help me out during practice to improve my game.
Justin Godsey: After a small tenure with the Packers you were released by the Packers how emotional was it for you to leave the Packers ?
Shawn Gore: I’m not sure that emotional is the right word. As a football player you consistently face set backs and negative outcomes, in games and during careers as a whole but we are built to keep pushing and not let a defeat hold you back or define you. You use it as a learning tool and motivation for what you want to accomplish. So yes its disappointing but I don’t let it effect me emotionally very much because I always believe that I’ll do better next time.
Justin Godsey: After a short tenure with Green Bay, You signed with your home country’s team CFL’s BC Lions how excited were you to come home and play football.
Shawn Gore: Well I’m from Toronto and had never been to British Columbia so it didn’t feel much like home. I was happy and grateful to get the opportunity to play professional football and all I wanted to do was succeed.
Justin Godsey: This past season you won the GREY CUP with the BC Lions how did it feel winning the Cup ?
Shawn Gore: It’s hard to describe all the feelings because you put so much work into it, all my years of training and hard work got me to a point that I could help my team compete for the Championship. I had never won a championship before the Grey Cup so I felt that it was overdue. Winning the grey cup was being able to live out my favorite dream.
Justin Godsey: What does being a BC Lion mean to you ?
Shawn Gore: It means a lot to be a Lion, I love the Team, Fans, and City. I am now spending my off-season here in Vancouver instead of going back home to Toronto. I feel welcomed in Bc and I love it.
The interview with Jason Boltus of the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats is be converted from my old pro football blog that was made long ago and we are gonna post it on our website.
Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Today we have Jason Boltus of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who plays quarterback in the CFL (Canadian Football League). Jason played college football at Hartwick College where he won the Melburger Award, from Hartwick College he was signed as a street free agent by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Please enjoy the short interview I conducted with quarterback Jason Boltus. You can follow Jason on twitter at @JasonBoltus
Justin Godsey: What was your College Football Expierence like at Hartwick College ?
Jason Boltus:My college experience at Hartwick was amazing. I couldn’t have wrote a better story if i tried. I had the best coaches and the best teammates still talk to them often to this day. The family atmosphere that was developed from day one when I arrived on campus till the day I graduated was like no other. Hartwick is a very small school with about 1500 students so it wasn’t just the team that was a family it was like the whole community. The administrators, security guards, faculty, and other students you saw everyday. Everybody knew everybody which was something I loved about the school. Football though was just so much fun and I would recommend every QB if they want to throw the ball during their college career then go to Hartwick.
Justin Godsey: At Hartwick you served as both Quarterback and Punter for the team how hard was it managing 2 positions ?
Jason Boltus: Honestly doing both positions wasn’t bad at all. I committed to QB and studied that but punting just was something I was decent at and was another way I could contribute to the team. It was cool, defenses had to respect that I was the punter and had to be cautious because I could take off and run or throw at any point. Playing QB was were I had the most fun because you get to touch the ball every play and get a chance to make a difference.
Justin Godsey: From Hartwick you signed as a street free agent how did you feel about signing with the Tiger-Cats
Jason Boltus: When I signed with Hamilton Tiger-cats I was so excited. I was getting the chance to play professional football and continue my football career. This is something that I have dreamed about since I was a little kid growing up as does every kid. There is a small window of guys who get to play professional sports and I accomplished that so I was very happy. At the same time I knew the difference of just being happy to get there and wanting to push myself to be the best I can be. I want to keep learning and ultimately have the success that I had at Hartwick.
Justin Godsey: Do you plan on working yourself to the next level to the National Football League?
Jason Boltus: I want to play at the highest level I am able to whether it be the CFL or the NFL. I am in the CFL right now so I am committed to being successful during my time there. I am constantly trying to get better and work my way to a starter in the CFL and just going to keep progressing as a QB and learning the CFL game and defenses.