QB Stairs has bright future

Sky is the limit for Dartmouth Spartans quarterback

J. J. Stairs




6’1”, 153 lbs


Dartmouth Spartans (high school: NSSAFFL)

Dartmouth Destroyers (Dartmouth minor football)



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Entering just his second year of high school football, Dartmouth Spartans dual-threat quarterback J.J. Stairs is a talented and dynamic play-maker who, at age 15, has already established himself as one of the best offensive talents in the NSSAFFL.

Stairs’ football journey started at age nine when he began a five year run with the Dartmouth Destroyers, and the young quarterback would be awarded the 2015 Offensive MVP after his final season with the club. Stairs would also suit up for the U15 Team Nova Scotia squad and receive the Offensive MVP award for his efforts there as well.


Stairs would then move on to his current role as quarterback for Dartmouth High School, where as a freshman last year, he had an immediate impact and led the Spartans to major success.

“The highlight of last season for me was the experience of leading a team through an undefeated regular season, winning our semi final game in overtime and playing in the championship game, even though we did not win,” offered Stairs when reflecting on his freshman campaign.

Along with his natural athletic gifts, another reason Stairs is making such a large impact on the gridiron so early is because of the hard work he puts into his training and the dedication he puts into his craft.

“I go to the gym as often as possible with my father,” offered Stairs when describing his training regiment. “And I work on field with multiple different people depending on who is free (coaches, other players etc.)”


When it comes to recruiting, Stairs may not be entering his graduating year for a couple more seasons, but the electric play-maker certainly has his sights set on the university path and taking his football talents much further.

“My plan is to use football to get a scholarship, and my degree,” offered the Spartans’ quarterback. “As of right now I’m not old enough to be getting offers yet, so until i start to everything is being considered.”

While he is already an outstanding offensive weapon, the scary part is that Stairs is only going to develop and improve his game further while also growing into his athletic frame and mastering the mental side of the quarterback position. On top of this, Stairs has a straight forward goal for the 2016 season that is based entirely on the notion of progress.

“Just continue to work as hard as possible to ensure I’m always improving, in the gym, and on and off the field,” added Stairs when describing his goals for the upcoming sophomore campaign with Dartmouth.


A second generation Jamaican-Canadian, Stairs is a player who cares deeply about family, and he wears the number 8 to symbolize this important bond, as his mother, grandmother, and himself are all born in August.

Along with his talent and love for the game, Stairs’ success on the field has been guided by two very important coaching figures in his life who’s combined efforts have pushed the young quarterback to constantly take his game to the next level.

“The most influential people in life and in football are my coaches, Lou Velocci and Brent Leeman,” said Stairs. “Both have always instilled hard work and dedication into me from when I first met them. Coach Brent was the Coach that really turned me into a Quarterback as he was the coach to work with me more often. Coach Lou was the coach who helped me to push myself every time I step on the field.”

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