Q.H.: How about a quick chronology of your formative years? C.L.: Born at the Ottawa General and went to St. Patrick's, Frank Ryan, St. Pius, J.S. Woodsworth then Carleton. I lived the entire time in one place, in Nepean, at Highway 16 and Merivale ... 64 Holborn. My parents just sold it a year and a half ago.
C.L.: One older sister, Leah. She lives in Richmond. Works at a group home.
Q.H.: Marital status?
C.L.: Engaged ... her name is Virginia Lansdown. A Winnipeg girl.
Q.H.: C'mon, that's too good. You grew up going to Lansdowne, I'm sure.
C.L.: You guys can do whatever you want with that one.
Q.H.: Home town or not, I'm sure some people will think you're crazy for leaving a team that won the West last season and is a good bet to repeat.
C.L.: For me, it was very tough. I'd been in B.C. a long time and it's a great football team, with great guys. But as far as the career goes, personally, I still needed to play more football. There's an opportunity in Ottawa for me to do that. The coaches in Ottawa were a big factor in my decision. If there would have been different people running the show there, maybe I wouldn't have chosen Ottawa. But I couldn't say no to the way they treated me, to their offer, to who's in charge there now. I liked it so I went with it.
Q.H.: How much did you play in B.C. last season?
C.L.: I was basically a backup the whole year, until the last game of the season. Then I started the playoff game and in the Grey Cup. If I can start in the Western final and a Grey Cup, I must still be able to play football.
Q.H.: You followed your D-line coach here. Can you think of your best Richard Harris story?
C.L.: I can, yeah. Am I going to tell you? No.
Q.H.: What can you say about him?
C.L.: He's one heck of a man. He deserves a lot of respect. He knows about the game and he's a good teacher of it.
Q.H.: What's your best Carleton memory?
C.L.: One to make you laugh?
C.L.: We had a recruiting trip for a couple of young lads, and it kind of ended in them kinda getting towed away, and through the back of the cruiser window, they're yelling, "we're coming to play for you guys, this is awesome." And we just realized, we had not done the best job.
Q.H.: What was your favourite hangout growing up?
C.L.: On Tap. Worked there, drank there, fought there.
Q.H.: Who's your best guy friend?
C.L.: Jason Kralt and Mike Homewood would be the two.
Q.H.: Your favourite player as a kid?
C.L.: Lawrence Taylor was cool, but in watching Ottawa ... I chose my number in honour of (former Rider) John Kropke. He was just a lunch pail guy.
Q.H.: Your hockey background?
C.L.: None. Never played organized hockey. Grew up on the river, so I played shinny all the time. Took the snowblower without my father's permission a few times, and sunk it a little bit. Still play, I'm a sniper. But I can't skate backwards.
Q.H.: What's your best eating story?
C.L.: Me and Kralt. At Big Daddy's. I can't tell you how much the total comes to. Heinekens and seafood at Big Daddy's, man. We used to have Big Daddy nights. You'd just sit down at five, and you never left. You just keep eating, and having beers, by the time you're done, you don't know what's going on, but you have a good time.
Q.H.: What's your specialty, if it's your night to cook?
C.L.: Roasted french rack of lamb. I'm a master with lamb. Buddy, I do this mustard paste combo with spices ... you rub it on and make these wicked snow peas. It's good.
Q.H.: Best answer to that question ever. Thank you.
- Age: 30
- Height: 6-foot-3
- Weight: 255 lbs.
- Hometown Hero: Ottawa native returns home to play