Band of brothers

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- They're not identical twins.

They're not even related.

But Matthieu Proulx and Phillip Gauthier are practically connected at the hip.

They were neighbours in Gatineau, Quebec.

They chose to attend the same Montreal high school to play football together.

They chose to attend Laval University together to continue to play football.

And now they are together as rookies on the Montreal Alouettes.

"I have never heard a story like this before, that's for sure. It's crazy," said Proulx, a dynamic member of the Als' special teams coverage unit.

Added Gauthier, who also plays special teams: "Yeah, you can say we are almost brothers."

For six years they have been side-by-side.

They are even roommates on the road.

"We have fights like brothers and unconditional love like brothers," said Proulx.

"We disagree on a daily basis. We disagree on what we want to eat, where we want to go, how much we want to spend."

But minor bickering aside, the time together has made them excel on the field.

"I think we are the players we are because of each other," continued Proulx, who was the East division nominee for CFL rookie of the year.

"We have pushed each other every day and that has made us the players we are today."


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