As a kid growing up in southern Ontario, Andre Talbot hung a Paul Massotti poster in his bedroom. For the past few years Talbot, 31, has been chasing the fame of the former Canadian Argonaut receiver.
After a prolific Canadian college ball career, Talbot has proven that his talent for finding the open spot on the wide field is CFL quality, and has been a starter with the Argonauts for the past six seasons.
While he's not often the go-to guy in the play, he can often be counted on to come back and bail out a quarterback during a broken play -- something that's made him both a fan favourite and keeps him in high profile with his teammates.
24 hours tracked him down after a recent game.
24 hours: So you were an Argos fan when you were growing up?
Talbot: "Oh ya. We would come to games on a regular basis. My uncles were college players who had shots at the CFL, so football was always a big part of the family."
24 hours: Apparently so was boxing. Your great grandfather was an Irish boxing champion. Did you ever consider taking up boxing?
Talbot: "My father was into it when he was younger. He boxed in Cabbagetown and was a city champ. But he told me 'Getting punched in the head is no life.' So he never pushed me into it."
24 hours: What makes a good quarterback-receiver team? Is it chemistry? Timing? Familiarity?
Talbot: "It's a little different for every quarterback to know what to expect, but I think it comes down to trust. It's mostly about working with each other -- him knowing he can find you where you're supposed to be. It takes some time to establish."
24 hours: You've done some work with the Boys and Girls Club in Toronto. What inspired that?
Talbot: "They approached me and I wanted to help. It's a great group.It offers a place for kids to go after school and on weekends. It gets them off the street and keeps them out of trouble. They have some great volunteers and great mentors."
24 hours: Your wife Melanie is a popular fashion designer in Toronto. Does she dress you?
Talbot: "Dress me? No. But she gives me pointers. We all need pointers."