Argos lineman loves to hit players, books

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

TORONTO - Jonathan St. Pierre has football smarts. You could say he has been a class act.

The Argonauts’ offensive lineman holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Business Administration from the University of Miami and another from Illinois State in Economics. Plus, he has a Masters of Economics from Illinois State and works with Service Canada as a financial analyst.

“I’d spend the morning and the day with the jocks; the evening and into the night I’d be with the nerds in the library,” said St. Pierre, who took the advice of Hurricanes’ offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

“He told me: ‘We use you. Use us back.’ In the sense that they use us for football, but in return we should get as many degrees as we could. I managed to do something special and it’s the thing I’m most proud of.”

Maybe wading through all those numbers has honed his patience on the field, too.

It took almost three months, but St. Pierre finally got into a game with the Argonauts on Saturday after being a healthy scratch all season.

“I thought I did well for a guy who’s rusty and hasn’t played a game for a while,” said the personable offensive lineman on Tuesday.

St. Pierre got in for about 10 plays and likely will see more playing time this weekend with Cedric Gagne-Marcoux fighting concussion symptoms and Taylor Robertson already sidelined. The fact he’s playing over someone else’s injured body isn’t something he likes.

On the other hand, it hasn’t been much fun being a healthy scratch. He dressed for all but one game last year with the Argos. So he has had to deal with some frustrations.

“You can be either very angry at the coaches for not letting you play and sitting apart from the team. Or, you can just embrace the season and no matter how bad it is, try keep a positive attitude. Afterall that’s all I can do,” said St. Pierre.

YOUNGER GETTING OLDER

Jordan Younger doesn’t know how many games he has left in his 33 year old legs.

But, he knows, the end is near.

Younger has been through the football mill and seen just about everything in his eight seasons in the CFL. But the realization Father Time is tapping him on the shoulder hit home hard when he was injured this season, forcing him to miss the past three games.

“I’ve been playing this game a long time and as I get closer to the end of my career, the games get more important because I know there aren’t going to be that many. It’s a completely different perspective; on the one hand I was excited to see Jeremy Unertl (who has taken over his spot) play the way he did. On the other I realize I’ve only got a limited number of games left,” Younger said.

He has had shoulder problems ever since tearing a muscle in his back. Tuesday he was back at practice for the first time.

“I’m running around seeing if the body is ready to go out there and mix it up,” said Younger. “When you realize the end is coming every game is precious. So it’s a struggle sitting on the sidelines.”


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