Winning opportunity

Jordan Sylvestre

Calgary lineman commits to CWUAA team.

Jordan Sylvestre is coming back home.

On Friday, the 6’2, 290 pound offensive lineman from Calgary, Alberta made it official by signing with the Calgary Dinos for the 2014 CWUAA season.

“One of the top reasons for choosing the Dinos is simple,” explained Sylvestre of his decision.  “I like to win and the Dinos is a winning team.”

“The moment I met Coach (Blake) Nill and saw the familiar faces of the guys I’ve once won championships with I knew it was the right choice for me.”

However, football was not the sole reason Sylvestre chose the Dinos.

“The Dinos has a great program that not only focuses on the ball playing, but academics as well,” added Sylvestre.  “That’s an important part of my life wanting to go into medicine.”

“When you click so well with the coaches and team, it’s hard to ignore. Coming home to my roots makes the transition a lot easier and one less thing to worry about.  A lot of kids go off to college and find it difficult and hard to adapt.  I scored in both areas – great team/school, and the comforts of home. I’m honoured that I’ll be a part of the Dinos.”

Sylvestre comes to the Dinos after playing high school football south of the border.  The offensive lineman led the William T Dwyer Panthers to their first ever undefeated regular season (15-0) en route to a Florida 7A State Championship. Not only was he a starting centre, defensive tackle and left guard, Sylvestre was also a team captain.

“I had the opportunity to move to Florida three years ago and play football on a higher level,” recalls the lineman of his Florida gridiron experience.  “It was a crazy experience.”

“I walked on that field thinking football is football no matter where you go.  I was so wrong about that.  The size and speed of these kids were insane.  It took a lot of hard work and long hours to get to where I am.”

During his time with the Panthers, Sylvestre was selected to the All-State, All-Conference and All-County Top Player’s Pick.

Among the other teams the offensive lineman has suited up for include Notre Dame Pride of the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) and Calgary Hilltoppers of the Calgary Area Midget Football Association (CAMFA).  During his time with the Hilltoppers and Pride, he guided each team to City Championships.  Additionally, he participated in the Alberta Summer Games where he won a gold medal with the team.

I hope I can bring to the Dinos what all of my past football experiences have given me over the years,” added Sylvestre.

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