Is QB Knelsen staying local?


Local CIS school already contender for Sabres standout.

Football runs in the family for Steinbach Sabres’ CJ Knelsen.

CJ Knelsen


6’2, 160 lbs

Steinbach Sabres (high school: WHSFL)
Eastman Raiders (minor MMFL)


Official Visits:

Manitoba, Open


CJ Knelsen comes from a football family. However, he was never pressured to play by his uncle or his father. Instead, CJ was so fascinated with the sport that he started watching and playing with his friends before he played competitively just to get his “fix”.

“Even when I wasn’t playing organized football I was watching football playing with my friends just trying to get my football fix anywhere I could,” says CJ.

He began his career with the Eastman Raiders of the Manitoba Major Football League (MMFL) and played for three years until he was ten.  CJ returned to the gridiron a few years later with the Steinbach Sabres of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL).

Being able to suit up for local team, Manitoba Bisons would be an easy choice for CJ but if any other CIS schools came knocking on his door he would accept the offers as well

The semi-final game from last season was memorable for CJ.

“Our team was clicking on all three phases and we were very excited to be moving onto the championship game,” says the Sabres quarterback.

CJ’s parents have been very influential on him and they are also his biggest fans. Sabres Head Coach James Peters has been the biggest influence to him in football.

“He’s a great coach and he’s been a big reason for the progress I’ve made as a football player and person,” adds CJ.

Besides playing football, CJ Knelsen also likes to play basketball.

Whether it’s in football or basketball CJ would like to go as far as he can in sports and then he plans on going to school to be a sports journalist.

To be prepared for the upcoming football season CJ is eating a high protein/high carb diet, adding supplements to his diet and cutting out junk foods in order to try and stay in football shape.

CJ is working on his footwork, working out and keeping his body right in order to excel on the football field this year.





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