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July 17, 2019

GET TO KNOW: NICK ARBUCKLE

CALGARY, AB - MAY 23, 2019: Calgary Stampeder studio photo shoot. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Stampeders)

It’s a new year and it’s time to get to know the members of the 2019 Stampeders team!

Next up: Nick Arbuckle

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 213-lbs

Birthdate: 10/04/1993

Born: Oxnard, CA

School: Georgia State

When did you start playing football?

I started playing when I was seven years old. I have older brothers that played football. My dad also coached football, so as a little kid before I was old enough to play I was just at practice watching the big kids play and I always wanted to be out there. As soon as I was old enough I started playing and I’ve been playing ever since.

What is your favourite thing about the game of football?

My favourite thing is the team aspect of it. The family that you build within the team and locker-room has grown to be what keeps me coming back, and keeps me excited to show up at the facility every morning – knowing the guys I’m going to be seeing and the relationships we have here on the team.

What is your favourite drill and why?

The seven-on-seven stuff we do, or pass skelly. Definitely one of my favourites because we actually get to throw the football, there’s no chance of handing the ball off, and there’s also no defensive line coming at you. So you get to make your reads and throws without any pressure, so that’s always kind of nice to do.

Who has been you biggest football mentor?

My dad, he taught me the game when I first started. He was my first offensive coordinator when I became a quarterback in eighth grade. I probably owe him the most for developing me into the football player I am today.

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on a football field?

It wasn’t so funny at the time because it was in the middle of a game. But my running back in college – I was standing right next to him behind the center waiting to take the snap and he just starts throwing up, and he’s about to be in pass protection. All I could think is ‘this isn’t going to go very well.’ That’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen, and it happens a lot more often than you’d think.

If you could have been there for one event in history, what would it be?

I’m a big history person, so the first one that stands out is the Spartan War back with King Leonidas. I obviously wouldn’t want to meet the same fate as they did, but to be there as a witness and see what happened.

If you could have lunch with any three people – dead or alive – who would you pick?

I would have lunch with Martin Luther King, Barack Obama because he’d be really funny – his jokes always get me, and my mom, for sure.

If you won $10 million, what would be your first purchase?

Stocks, I’d definitely invest most of it and then buy my dad and my wife something nice.