Sid the Kid stand-in a model citizen

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

The next time you watch that Sidney Crosby Gatorade commercial where everyone is throwing hockey sticks in a pile, take a good look at Sid the Kid's body.

In parts of the commercial, it belongs to none other than Argos receiver Michael Palmer.

The University of Guelph graduate, who has made strides in the world of modelling and acting, is Crosby's body-double in the television ad and enjoyed working with the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie phenom.

"We were hanging out on the set for two days (in Toronto)," Palmer, 25, said yesterday. "He is cool, man, down to earth, just relaxed like this team. He's just another dude, you know what I mean?"

Palmer is not a dead-ringer for Crosby, but his ties to the athletic world and his similar stature (5-foot-10, 187 pounds) helped his cause when it came to landing the gig.

"I guess I sort of (look like him)," Palmer said. "But it's not the look and the facial features. It's the similar body type, same weight, those kind of things."

The fourth-year CFLer also walked down the runway this past off-season in a fashion show at the Liberty Grand.

"I've always wanted to do it," Palmer said of modelling. "I'm not going to say it's easy money, but playing football, the fact that I'm in shape and look good or whatever, this is kind of an industry I can go into very easily. It's a lot easier than football. It doesn't really take that much work."

What if Playgirl comes calling?

"I'm not going to get into that stuff," he said with a smile. "I want to keep it classy."


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