Until six years ago, basketball was Etienne Legare's sport of choice.
That ended when a friend asked him a simple question: "Why don't you play football?"
Legare joined his pal for a practice on the gridiron and fell in love with all things pigskin. The Toronto Argonauts yesterday became the beneficiary of Legare's sports switch, grabbing the 6-foot-3, 260-lb. defensive lineman with the second overall pick in the Canadian Football League Canadian draft.
"It all started there," the 26-year-old Legare said yesterday. "I was not really expecting to be a football player."
Legare was the CIS lineman of the year in 2008.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats surprised no one when they took offensive lineman Simeon Rottier with the first pick. The B.C. Lions took running back Jamall Lee, who led the CIS in rushing last year and signed last week with the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, with the third pick.
Gee, that was a surprise
While all eyes at a draft are naturally on the top selections, one of the very last picks yesterday has created a bit of a dilemma for Ottawa native Ryan Mousseau.
The Alouettes called the former Gee-Gees offensive lineman's name with the second-to-last pick in yesterday's draft. And now, he has a big decision to make.
"I had no idea," said Mousseau, who is 22, 6-foot-2 and 280 lbs., of being drafted. His plan was to finish a university degree and move on.
Despite being drafted, the Notre Dame High School grad is uncertain about his football future after learning he was the lone Gee-Gee selected.
"I have some thinking to do," Mousseau said.
Even if he ends up not attending the Alouettes' training camp in June, having his name called at the draft will remain an unforgettable experience.
"Not many people can say they were drafted."
-- with Sun Media files
CFL CANADIAN DRAFT FIRST ROUND
1. Simeon Rottier (OL), Hamilton
2. Etienne Legare (DL), Toronto
3. Jamall Lee (RB), B.C.
4. James Yurichuk (LB), B.C.
5. Matt Carter (R), B.C.
6. Darcy Brown (R), Hamilton
7. Dylan Steenbergen (OL), Montreal
8. Eric Fraser (DB), Calgary