Eskimos offensive guard Simeon Rottier expects team turnaround

Simeon Rottier went from a successful junior football career -- two championships -- before a less...

Simeon Rottier went from a successful junior football career -- two championships -- before a less stellar experience in CIS and the CFL. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

EDMONTON - Simeon Rottier’s football career started out on top.

A two-time national champion with the Edmonton junior Huskies, the rural Alberta kid out of Westlock didn’t even start playing the sport until he had graduated from high school.

“I got that right off the bat and thought that’s the way it was always going to be,” said the six-foot-six, 295-pound Edmonton Eskimos offensive guard whose mother is cousins with U of A Golden Bears football coach and former Eskimos offensive lineman Tim Prinsen.

It’s a family tie that not only got Rottier into football in the first place, but also brought him back to where he is now.

But it was a long journey in between.

“I was playing tight end for a while,” recalled Rottier, who was just 210 pounds out of high school. “My third year, I switched to O-line and played tackle at 230 pounds and we ended up winning that year at home here."


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