Fritz happy with new address

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

They say offensive linemen have to be smart.

Luke Fritz has got it going on upstairs.

One of the new O-linemen the Bombers brought in this off-season, Fritz easily figured out when it was time to stop fighting with his younger brother, Mitch.

"I stopped fighting my brother when he started fighting for a living," Luke said. "I'd like to say I'd beat him, but I'm never going to challenge him. He's had his nose broken about seven times, and I don't think much hurts him anymore.

"I play with a mask, and I keep my helmet on. He likes to take his off and go for it."

Mitch is what many (including Luke) call a goon. After nine years in the minors, he finally cracked an NHL roster this past winter, at age 28, with the New York Islanders. He didn't get there because of his puck-handling skills.

Fritz, meanwhile, left the Montreal Alouettes after seven seasons to sign with the Bombers as a free agent in February, although the Als were unlikely to bring him back anyway. Regardless, he's happy with his new football address.

"It feels awesome," he said. "I don't know if it was the seven-year itch or what it was. I had a great time in Montreal, and we always had such great teams out there. We played in huge games, and that was a great learning experience."

"... I became a man in Montreal, and now I feel like I'm here to pass on a lot of what I've learned to a lot of these younger guys."

Fritz, who grew up on an apple and cherry farm near Osoyoos, B.C., also feels he has found a comfortable new home in Winnipeg for his young family, which includes wife Erin and two-year-old daughter Eden.

"We've moved into a house in Winnipeg, and this is our new home," Fritz said. "So we're looking forward to it. We like the atmosphere here a lot.

"Any time you talk to anybody, whether it's in the community or in the organization, there's a smile. And that's just a phenomenal feeling."


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