May LeFors be with you

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

On Mondays a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week, Kirk Penton gets on the horn to chat with Blue Bombers quarterback and Louisiana native Stefan LeFors, who will celebrate his 28th birthday on June 7 -- the first day of training camp.

Sun: Have you been keeping track of what's going on up here and how there are critics who think the Bombers are headed for a rough year?

LeFors: A little bit. I haven't really seen what the so-called critics have been saying, but I've seen some of the moves that we've made with the trades and free agency and the draft. I'm sure people aren't expecting a lot of positive things out of us this year with so many losses at some key positions, but that's why they play the game on the field and they don't go by what people say. You gotta obviously do it. I'm sure we'll be up for the challenge, and knowing coach (Mike) Kelly I'm sure he will be, too. Time will tell.

Sun: The impression around here is is that you are this team's starting quarterback. What's your reaction to that?

SL: I don't know if people say that because coach Kelly and I worked together in Edmonton for a year and him trading for me and the moves that he's made. I would say that it's still an open competition. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm going in, and I am going to compete, and I think the best guy should win. I don't think the guy who knows coach the best or this or that should win. The guy who can help lead this team the best should win the job.

Sun: Switching gears for a second, your mom, dad and brother are deaf. What was life like growing up?

SL: To me, growing up was not necessarily normal, but it's the only life I've lived. We did some things differently than other families, with me being the interpreter for my family when we're out and about, but to me it's just a normal family.

Sun: What's a TV show you can't miss?

SL: I'm trying to catch all the NBA playoff games.

Sun: Have you been to Winnipeg since you were traded here in January?

SL: No.

Sun: I was going to ask you what your favourite part about Winnipeg is, but I'm assuming your choices are a hotel and a visitor's locker-room.

SL: Yeah, that's right. Three times I've been there, and we've stayed at the same hotel each time. I remember we walked down to get something to eat at Earl's, I believe. That's about it. So Earl's is my favourite spot in Winnipeg.

Sun: There you go. You're eating for free now. Is it true that you've injured a couple of defenders who have intercepted your passes when tackling them? You can be honest.

SL: Not that I know of, as far as injuring them. Thinking back to high school, after throwing a pick you would obviously take your frustrations out on the guy, but I wouldn't say injured, no.

Sun: I'm going to take that as a yes. Is your family (wife Joy, son Luke and daughter Ella) going to come up to Winnipeg this year?

SL: Yeah, they'll definitely be coming up. We're actually probably going to drive up for the start of camp.

Sun: Who's the most famous person in your cellphone?

SL: Shaun Alexander.

Sun: How often do you Google yourself?

SL: I don't do it often, I'll tell you that, but I've done it before. Everybody who says they haven't, they're lying. But I don't do it too often.

Sun: If you're cooking, what are we eating?

SL: I don't cook much, but not too long ago I picked up this recipe from a cookbook that my sister-in-law had, and I thought it looked pretty good. It was chicken parmesan. It came out pretty good. My wife, whenever she's in the mood for that, I gotta get going on it.

Sun: Finally, are you watching the NHL playoffs?

SL: No, not at all. But I did see some highlights about Crosby and Ovechkin, their little rivalry that they've got going on. Other than that, I probably couldn't tell you a whole lot about it.


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