'T-Rex' Fleiszer talks shop

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

You may know that Tim Fleiszer is a first-year Edmonton Eskimo who previously played two years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, three years with the Montreal Alouettes and two more with the Ottawa Renegades.

You may know he's a defensive lineman who has played in three Grey Cup games, winning two, and Friday night will play his 99th CFL regular season game.

You may know he was a starter during all four season of his college career at Harvard and won the claim to fame of being the first freshman starter in 121 years of football at Harvard.

But what do you really know about Tim Fleiszer?

FULL NAME: Timothy Marek Fleiszer.

HOME TOWN: Montreal, Que.

NICKNAME: T-Rex. Like the dinosaur. It's kinda the way I run. Like T-Rex attacking its prey. Also, I have short arms.

SIGN: Leo.

SHOE SIZE: 13.

CHILDHOOD IDOL: My dad Dave. He won the Hec Crighton Trophy for McGill in 1969. That's why I wear No. 34. That was my dad's number in college.

FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM TO FOLLOWED AS A KID: The Canadians and the Alouettes.

FAVOURITE TEAM TO FOLLOW NOW THAT YOU'RE ALL GROWN UP:

SUPERSTITIONS: I always wear either my college Ivy League ring or one of my two Grey Cup rings to the game. If I'm playing Montreal I wouldn't wear my Alouettes ring, though.If we're playing Hamilton, I wouldn't wear my Toronto one. If we're playing Toronto, I'd likely wear my Hamilton one because certain teams play better against certain teams.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? Because I'm an ACTRA member I'd have to play myself.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU? My mom. She took time out of her career as a child psychiatrist raising me. She deals with chronically-ill patients. It takes quite a deal of mental toughness.

YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN FOOTBALL SO FAR: Winning the Grey Cup as a home-town kid with Montreal in 2002.

IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING FOOTBALL WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Running a taco stand in Mission Beach, California.

GREATEST TALENT OTHER THAN FOOTBALL? Probably writing essays. I was an English major in college.

FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT IN CFL? Now it's going home to visit Montreal - one, because of the city and two, because I'm looking forward to playing them as a member of this team.

FAVOURITE STADIUM IN WHICH TO PLAY ON THE ROAD? It used to be Commonwealth Stadium. Now I'd have to say McMahon Stadium in Calgary. It's fun to play in front of a big, hostile crowd. I'm really looking forward to playing the Battle of Alberta.

IDEAL VACATION SPOT? Cannes on the French Riviera.

WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY YOU LIKE TO PIG OUT ON? Steak. That's why I signed a contract out here. Alberta beef. The steaks.

FAVOURITE TV SHOW? Law and Order.

LAST MOVIE YOU ENJOYED? I watched Scarface again the other day.

LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Art of War, by Sun Tsu.

WHAT DO YOU DRIVE TO PRACTICE? A 1999 Ford Explorer.

FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A DAY? With my girlfriend in the sun in San Diego.

LEAST FAVOURITE THING TO DO? Wake up early.

IF I COULD MEET ONE PERSON FROM ALL OF SPORTS HISTORY WHO WOULD THAT PERSON BE? Pete Rozelle. I would be very interested to get his thoughts on the sports business. He's the guy who took the NFL from a second-tier league and made it into what it is now. I think some very interesting things are ahead for the CFL and I'd like to get his take on that, too.

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE, WHO WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO BE? My mom Ruth, my dad Dave and my sister Andrea.

WHO IS THE FUNNIEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH? Kelly Wiltshire. He's just hilarious. He's probably come up with about 60% of the nicknames in the league right now. Including mine.

WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST PRACTICAL JOKE YOU'VE SEEN? In Montreal somebody took a player's helmet and shoulder pads and put them on top of a goal post.

YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? Getting collapsed from one end of the line to the other by Bruce Beaton.

PET PEEVES? Waking up early.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING WHEN YOU TURN 40? Being a good dad.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS ABOUT YOU BUT: I really love my two grandmas.


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