One on one with Greg Frers

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

Doing great. We moved out to Vancouver in 2003, so we're starting to settle in and getting to know people here.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT WORKING. WHATCHA GONNA DO?

With two jobs, working is about all I do. Sometimes I need to get reintroduced to my family, especially during the CFL season. I've never been the go-out guy, more of a family guy but if we can get a baby sitter, me and the wife will go out for supper.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Processes life way too much.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT HIGH SCHOOL?

I blended well. Sometimes there's the cliques that form and you get part of a group. I was the typical politician who blended with everybody.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

The two Grey Cup rings I have but, beyond that, the Tom Pate Award I won in 2002 is definitely the most valuable item because that's what I appreciate most about the position I was put in as a CFL player.

IF WE'RE BUYING, WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

I'm a Sleeman's Honey Brown guy. Or I like that Alberta beer, Pale Ale or Warthog. I stay away from the hard stuff.

WHO'S THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

A wall in my house and, ultimately, it was because of a frustrating performance on the football field.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

Being reserved. I'm sometimes difficult to read.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THINK YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?

I'm pretty tight. I have to loosen the purse strings. If you saw the awards ceremony, that suit Michael Clemons was wearing ... Holy cow, that man knows how to spend money on clothes. I'm too tight for that. I have to learn to spend more than I do.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Do a great job where you are. That's from my father-in-law. That gives you the best opportunity to be successful in the future.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

A Pontiac Le Mans that was rusted out, back in the university days.

SO WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?

Nothing. I can change the wiper fluid and fill it with gas.

IF YOU COULD BE ANY ATHLETE NOW, WHO WOULD YOU BE?

I would like to be Kelly Wiltshire or Richard Karikari right now. On a day like today, there's no better feeling than being in a championship game. I would be lying if I said I didn't miss it.

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE THE QUARTERBACK?

There's too many questions to answer.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

I can barbecue a steak but that's about it. That's my responsibility at the house. I leave the hard stuff up to my wife.

WHAT'S YOUR CELLPHONE RINGTONE?

It's bland, just a typical ring, no spice to life there. I just don't know how to operate it. I'm technically challenged.

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR PHONE BOOK?

Probably Danny Maciocia and Don Matthews. I have both their direct lines, so that's pretty good.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

These are tough questions. I'm not a TV guy because I don't have enough time.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Coffee. That's a drink so it's not food. A good juicy hamburger, I'm a sucker for that. I have to get it with fries and gravy. I don't know if you can get much more unhealthy than that.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

U2 back in the '80s in Vancouver, right here at B.C. Place.

IF YOU WEREN'T A BROADCASTER OR SELLING PHARMACEUTICALS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I wouldn't mind being the general manager of the B.C. Lions.

YOU COULD DO A GOOD JOB?

In time. In a few weeks, I might be able to do a good job.

DO YOU COLLECT YOUR MEMORABILIA?

They gave us the jerseys from the two Grey Cup wins, 1998 and 2001. I have the cork of a champagne bottle from the 1998 Grey Cup party. I also saved some motivational cards that were placed in front of our locker every day during the playoffs that year.

ARE YOU MORE FAMOUS NOW THAN WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING?

People believe they know more about my personality now and, in a different way, they get to be exposed to who I am more than when I was a player.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

No. 1, I would be remised to say it wasn't Dec. 18, 1993, when I got married to my wife Lisa. But in 1998, I was released by the B.C. Lions and picked up by the Stampeders. There were no promised made. They had a number of injuries to Canadians and needed to get some Canadian talent. I came in and played some special teams. They pulled me off the roster but by the end of that year, I was the starting safety and the last person announced coming out of the tunnel at the 1998 Grey Cup. Obviously we went on to beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on a last-second field goal by Mark McLoughlin. I learned a lot through that year.

WHAT WOULD WE ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE?

Who comes up with these questions? With two boys, we have to have a carton of milk in there all the time.

WITH A FEW HOURS TO KILL, WOULD IT BE A BOOK OR VIDEO GAME?

I would take a 20-minute nap. I would need the book to make me fall asleep.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

As payback for my wife, she chooses what movie I go see. I agreed to see The Notebook. That was a great show but I got scared when I walked into the theatre with her and I was the only male there. I got a kick of watching the lights go on at the end and there were tears galore. But I'm not the type to shed too many tears.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT'S YOUR SONG?

No. There is no song I would sing. People don't want me to sing, trust me.


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