Loftus tells us everything

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

You know that William Loftus came to the Edmonton Eskimos as part of the deal which sent Terry Vaughn and Edmonton's sixth-round draft pick to the Montreal Alouettes.

You may know that safety Loftus was originally drafted by Montreal in the third round of the 1998 draft and went into the season with 111 CFL games to his credit in his eighth year in the league.

You may also know that he's a graduate of the University of Manitoba Bisons and a three-time Canada West All-Star.

But what do we really know about William Loftus?

FULL NAME: William Patrick Loftus

HOME TOWN: Vancouver.

NICKNAME: A couple of guys in Montreal used to call me 'The Missile.'

SIGN: Pisces.

SHOE SIZE: 11.

CHILDHOOD IDOL: Ronnie Lott.

FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM FOLLOWED AS A KID: Vancouver Canucks.

FAVOURITE TEAM TO FOLLOW NOW THAT YOU'RE ALL GROWN UP: Still the Canucks.

SUPERSTITIONS: Pasta and chicken breasts for my pre-game meal.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? Samuel Jackson.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU? Definitely my mother. She's always on me trying to do the right thing, always in my corner and always supporting me in everything I wanted to accomplish.

YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN FOOTBALL SO FAR: Winning the Grey Cup with the Alouettes over the Eskimos in 2002. I don't know if Eskimos fans want to hear that.

IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING FOOTBALL WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Most likely working with youth. That's what I do in the off-season with the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society in Vancouver. I'm the recreation co-ordinator.

FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT IN CFL? Home in Vancouver.

Favourite stadium in which to play on the road? IT WOULD HAVE TO BE either Taylor Field in Regina or Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. The fans are right behind the bench heckling and it makes the game very exciting.

IDEAL VACATION SPOT? Somewhere in Mexico.

WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY YOU LIKE TO PIG OUT ON? I'm big on lasagna. It's my favourite food.

FAVOURITE TV SHOW? CSI

LAST MOVIE YOU ENJOYED? Troy.

LAST BOOK YOU READ? A children's book with my two kids. The Barney books for my two little girls.

WHAT DO YOU DRIVE TO PRACTICE? I ride passenger with A.J. Gass.

CLOSEST FRIEND ON OTHER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE? Wayne Shaw with the Tiger-Cats. We played together in Montreal. He's just a great guy. We always kept in touch.

FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A DAY? A beach in Vancouver with my family.

LEAST FAVOURITE THING TO DO? Cook.

IF I COULD MEET ONE PERSON FROM ALL OF SPORTS HISTORY WHO WOULD THAT PERSON BE? Definitely Ronnie Lott. I read a lot about him and I think he was a warrior.

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE, WHO WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO BE? My wife and my two daughters.

WHO IS THE FUNNIEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH? Neal Fort. He was just all comedy in the locker room.

WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST PRACTICAL JOKE YOU'VE SEEN? In Montreal, everybody took the rookie trainers, tied them to a chair and put them in a cold shower.

YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? My rookie year. It was my first time ever getting in a football game. I missed the receiver and knocked out my own defensive back.

PET PEEVES? Bad drivers.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING WHEN YOU TURN 40? Running my own youth centre.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS ABOUT YOU BUT: I love to ride motocross. I don't know any other football players who ride motocross, but it's my favourite hobby.


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