Bishop born with a cannon of an arm

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET

On Mondays a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week, Kirk Penton goes under centre to chat with new Bomber No. 1 quarterback Michael Bishop, who on Saturday against the Toronto Argos earned the win in his first start with the Blue and Gold.

The Sun: Have you ever broken a receiver's hands?

Bishop: I've split some receivers' hands (the webbing between the index and middle fingers) in junior college.

Sun: How did you end up with a cannon for an arm?

MB: I was just born with it. I've never really understood it. My dad doesn't have a strong arm. I guess in my family I just had the biggest arm. Genetics, I guess.

Sun: What's the farthest you've thrown a ball on record?

MB: It was 93 yards at Kansas State.

Sun: No wind?

MB: No wind. But the thing about that is there was an offensive lineman that came right behind me and threw it 85.

Sun: Where did you grow up?

MB: Texas. I was born in Galveston and moved from there to Willis, on the north side of Houston.

Sun: What was life like growing up there?

MB: Hot. It was real hot down there. And being in a big family, you had to fight and scrap for everything. You know, leftover foods. I'm one of seven kids. It was a household full of athletes, trying to outdo one another.

Sun: What number kid are you?

MB: I'm dead in the middle. Middle child.

Sun: So you were the disturber?

MB: No, actually I was the sneaky one, I guess. I tried to get away with everything.

Sun: You were drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots. What is Tom Brady really like?

MB: He's one of the coolest guys that, for a young guy that has dreams of playing, you should try to market yourself after.

Sun: Tell us about your family.

MB: I have all daughters right now, so I need to get a son.

Sun: How old are your daughters?

MB: They're 10 and 10 months.

Sun: Your mom, Ethel, passed away three years ago. How much does her spirit play a role in your life, let alone football?

MB: In life it's every day. There's not one day to this point that I don't think about her and wish she was here. But the great thing about it is God doesn't make mistakes. So I know she's in a better place. No worries. No pains. She's up there having fun and enjoying life beyond the skies.

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

MB: Probably Jamie Foxx.

Sun: That's right, your cousin. How often do you see him?

MB: With him making movies and being on tour right now, maybe once a year.

Sun: Who was your best friend on the Argos?

MB: Byron Parker.

Sun: Is there a football league you haven't played in?

MB: (laughs) Let's see. The league in Mexico, the league in, uh, a couple of countries. It's been fun with all the leagues I've been in.

Sun: Who was your football idol growing up?

MB: I liked Warren Moon growing up, being from the Houston area.

Sun: If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would it be?

MB: I would love to sit down with Martin Luther King (Jr.), I would love to sit down and just listen to John F. Kennedy, and it may sound crazy, but I would love to listen to Tupac. I definitely enjoyed his music.

Sun: What did you take at Kansas State?

MB: Sociology.

Sun: Finally, what's your favourite part about Manitoba so far?

MB: It will be coming to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium and seeing a big crowd cheering us on.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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