Meet our new 'Sandman'

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

We know Sandy Annunziata came to the Eskimos' offensive line after winning a Grey Cup with the Toronto Argos last year.

We know that he originally signed with the Eskimos as a free agent in 1995 but was released after appearing in seven games.

We know Annunziata had stops in Winnipeg and Hamilton before he found steady work with the Argos where he played 66 of his 117 CFL games going into this season.

We know he was a member of the 1989 Vanier Cup-winning University of Western Ontario Mustangs. We know he and wife Elissa have two daughters, Alexis and Sydney.

But what do we really know about Sandy Annunziata?

FULL NAME: Salvatore Michael Annunziata.

HOME TOWN: Fort Erie, Ontario.

NICKNAME: Sandman.

SIGN: Libra.

SHOE SIZE: 12.

CHILDHOOD IDOL: Rocky DiPietro of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was a hometown guy and really big in the Niagara Region. Everybody knew The Rock.

FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM TO FOLLOWED AS A KID: My guys were the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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

SUPERSTITIONS: I always have to arrange things in my locker just right and put braces, socks and shoes in the right order. And it always has to go right to left.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? The Rock. He's a good-looking athletic guy. And he's played in the CFL so he knows what it's all about.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU? Definitely my mom, Anna, and my dad, Michael. They were so supportive. My dad didn't miss a high school or university game. They're both still so supportive today.

YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN FOOTBALL SO FAR: Winning the Grey Cup last year with the Argos.

IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING FOOTBALL WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? I'd probably be running my own athletic sports training clinic back home. I'm dabbling in it right now.

FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT IN CFL? I like Vancouver.

FAVOURITE STADIUM IN WHICH TO PLAY ON THE ROAD? Ivor Wynne in Hamilton. It's in my own back yard. My family is there and there's so much nostalgia when I play in that stadium. The fans are right on top of you and it's old-school CFL football. To me it's a pretty special place.

IDEAL VACATION SPOT? Anywhere in the tropics. On the beach.

WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY YOU LIKE TO PIG OUT ON? Fast food. Give me McDonald's and I'm a happy guy.

FAVOURITE TV SHOW? It's all reruns now, but I'm still a big Seinfeld fan.

LAST MOVIE YOU ENJOYED? Star Wars Revenge The Sith.

LAST BOOK YOU READ? Art Of War.

FAVOURITE CARTOON CHARACTER? Peter Griffith from The Family Guy.

WHAT DO YOU DRIVE TO PRACTICE? The LRT. Well, they don't actually let me drive.

CLOSEST FRIEND ON OTHER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE? Jude St. John. We played at Western together and Toronto for six years together.

FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A DAY? Relaxing on the couch.

LEAST FAVOURITE THING TO DO? Laundry.

IF I COULD MEET ONE PERSON FROM ALL OF SPORTS HISTORY WHO WOULD THAT PERSON BE? Joe DiMaggio. I'd want to listen to him talk about Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.

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

WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN A GAME? Our last home game. It was a comedy of errors. I've never seen a game that poorly played by two teams. It was painful to the point that it was comical.

WHO IS THE FUNNIEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH? Jerry Crafts. I played with him in Toronto for a couple of years. He's 6-foot-8 and about 400 pounds with an addictive personality.

YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? It was when I was the long snapper in Winnipeg. It was a game-tying field goal attempt. It sailed over Bob Cameron's head. They made it the TSN Turning Point.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL EVER RECEIVED? Some guy from New York wrote to ask me for bare-chested photos. Said he was an artist.

PET PEEVES? Redundancy. Doing things for the sake of doing things that serve no purpose whatsoever.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING WHEN YOU TURN 40? Rocking on a patio with a cold drink in my hand.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS ABOUT YOU BUT: I'm a great cook and I play the piano.


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