Quick Hits with Dave Donaldson

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

This week's Quick Hits is with Renegades defensive back Dave Donaldson, a nine-year CFL veteran and former Blue Bomber who was born and raised in Winnipeg.

The interview is done on the field at Canad Inns Stadium three hours before last night's game.

Q.H.: What's your biggest superstition?

D.D.: (Eating green grapes): Hmmm. What is my superstition? I'm not superstitious, am I?

Q.H.: You don't have to have green grapes three hours before every game?

D.D.: Yeah, yeah. You're right. My diet. It's always the same before a game.

Q.H.: What is it?

D.D.: I always have to have grapes. Always. That's why I grabbed them. I've gotta have oranges. I've got to have chicken. I've got to have pasta ... the same meal every game day.

Q.H.: What is your speciality in the kitchen?

D.D.: I like to make snapper. Fried snapper. That's my thing.

Q.H.: Do you do anything special to it? A recipe you can share?

D.D.: I'd have to take you home and show you. Then kill you.

Q.H.: Who's your favourite musical performer?

D.D.: There's about three of them. One guy's name is Sizzla. Then there's Capleton. And then D.O.K.

Q.H.: The best concert you've ever attended?

D.D.: I haven't been to very many of them. It'd have to be Jann Arden, believe it or not. I liked her live. She kept it real.

Q.H.: Not to be confused with Lonie's friend Jan Harder.

D.D.: No, not her.

Q.H.: You and your girlfriend Julie just had a baby girl, Dannica. How was the experience?

D.D.: Right after the Saskatchewan game. She was already in labour. I told her to hold on. Showed up at the (Civic) hospital, they had already given her the epideral. Seven hours later, she had pushed the baby out without any assistance. So it was good.

Q.H.: What did you learn? That you want to be a doctor after your playing days are over?

D.D.: They wonder who's stronger, women or men. When you see what they've got to go through man ... I have a whole new respect for Julie and the female species.

Q.H.: So if you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?

D.D.: I'd be in the media. A journalist.

Q.H.: Is that what you're going to do one day? It's tough work.

D.D.: If somebody gives me a good opportunity ... I think I can run with any thing.

Q.H.: What's the last book you read?

D.D.: The Art of War. I read it the other day. Sanzu. I've read it a few times.

Q.H.: Your favourite movie ever?

D.D.: I'm an old-school guy, so it could be old school, it could be new school. I like Clint Eastwood movies. All those movies he did, he never said much. But he was always the main character.

Q.H.: Is that like your personality?

D.D.: You never really see me or hear from me ... you can establish your own opinion of me, but at the end of the day I do what I have to do.

Q.H.: Do you have to watch a certain TV program every week?

D.D.: I have a lot of reality shows I hate, but I watch them. Just so I can establish my opinion on them.

Q.H.: What's your worst?

D.D.: I gave Tommy Lee five minutes of my time the other night. I'll never give him a minute again.

Q.H.: What's the personal highlight of your career?

D.D.: Having played nine years, and still not being seen or heard (laughing). As long as I can keep playing, until I feel it's time to stop ... that would be the highlight for me. Keep doing what I love to do, and stay under the radar.

The Facts

- Born: Dec. 9, 1972, in

Winnipeg.

- Position: Defensive back

- Stats: 5-foot-10, 185 lbs.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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