Wiltshire shares his values

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

You know that Kelly Wiltshire is a 10-year Canadian Football League veteran who played three years for Toronto, three years for Montreal and three years for Ottawa before coming to the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent this year.

You also know he's the current CFL ironman, playing his 153rd consecutive career game against the Alouettes tomorrow night. You may also know that doesn't include seven playoff games and two Grey Cups, or that he's been named CFL Defensive Player of the Week seven times in his career.

You may know, as well, that he was Toronto's first pick, the second pick overall, in the 1996 draft, coming out of James Madison University, and that he's a St. Laurent, Que. native who signed with Jacksonville in the NFL before beginning his CFL career.

But what do you really know about Kelly Wiltshire?

FULL NAME: Kelly Kenny Wiltshire.

HOME TOWN: Montreal.

NICKNAME: They used to call me 'Gargomel' from the Smurfs. Because of the vicious way I played, I guess.

SIGN: Cancer.

SHOE SIZE: 11.

CHILDHOOD IDOL: I looked up to my mom a lot. And my brothers.

FIRST TROPHY, RIBBON, MEDAL OR PRIZE YOU WON IN SPORTS: I won the league MVP in mosquito football when I was nine or 10 years old.

FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM TO FOLLOWED AS A KID: The Eskimos in the CFL, believe it or not. I used to wear Brian Kelly's number. In the NFL it was Miami. We used to take a lot of trips down to Miami.

FAVOURITE TEAM TO FOLLOW NOW THAT YOU'RE ALL GROWN UP: I have no favourite team. If it's a good match-up, I'll watch it. I'm still a big fan of the Canadiens in hockey, though.

SUPERSTITIONS: I've watched guys do it but I don't believe in superstitions. I'm a spiritual man.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? Vin Diesel. He's such an action figure. He broke in as an action hero. Then he had a movie that came out called 'The Pacifier' in which he had to show a softer, nurturing side of himself. I think I'm viewed as a rah-rah football guy, but I have a gentler side.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU? Probably my mom. She never missed a game. Even in college she'd drive down to make sure she'd at least see one game.

YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN FOOTBALL SO FAR: The '97 Grey Cup I won with the Argos against Saskatchewan here in Edmonton. It was nine years ago and that's the taste I want in my mouth again. I need one more to satisfy me.

IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING FOOTBALL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? Some type of law enforcement, maybe. Something involving the community, for sure.

GREATEST TALENT OTHER THAN FOOTBALL: I'm very passionate. I get gung-ho about things.

FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT IN CFL? They're all great. I honestly mean that. But Montreal is my home town. I get to see my mom and my grandmother.

FAVOURITE STADIUM IN WHICH TO PLAY ON THE ROAD: I really like Saskatchewan for some reason. There's something about Saskatchewan. Calgary might be up my list after Labour Day.

IDEAL VACATION SPOT: I went to Jasper and that was just phenomenal to me.

WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY YOU LIKE TO PIG OUT ON? I eat pretty healthy but I've been accused of being a choco-holic.

FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Big Brother 6.

FAVOURITE CARTOON CHARACTER? The Green Goblin from Spiderman. He's evil but the guy is in great shape and he's a genius.

LAST MOVIE YOU ENJOYED? The Four Brothers.

LAST BOOK YOU READ: DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.

WHAT DO YOU DRIVE TO PRACTICE? My 2001 Jeep TJ.

FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A DAY: Reading.

IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON FROM ALL OF SPORTS HISTORY, WHO WOULD THAT PERSON BE? Ronnie Lott. He was so feared on the field. He hit hard. He made plays. Then he made the transition to life after football. I want to be known as a better person away from football.

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE, WHO WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO BE? My girlfriend Liz, a chef and a pastor to marry us if we're going to be stuck on this island together.

WHO IS THE FUNNIEST PLAYER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH? Probably Pinball Clemons. He was a joy. What people see in public - imagine seeing him in the locker room!

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING WHEN YOU TURN 40? Hopefully applying to be a detective, and married with children. Maybe coaching little kids at nine or 10 years old when kids are just having fun.

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS ABOUT YOU BUT: I can't wait to be married and have 10 kids.


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