November 4, 2019

Get To Know: Nate Holley

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

It’s time to get to know the members of the 2019 Stampeders team!

Next up: Nate Holley

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 210-lbs
Birthdate: 12/05/1994
Born: Ottawa Lake, MI
School: Kent State

When did you start playing football?

I started when I was eight years old. It was something my brother and I wanted to do growing up. Every year we bothered my dad not realizing the rules that you have to be at least eight years old to play contact football. So we played soccer before that just to compete. It’s just something we always wanted to do, my brother and I used to have these wolverine helmets and shoulder pads made of plastic and we’d go in the backyard and just smash each other. We couldn’t wait to get on the field and run around.

What is your favourite thing about the game of football?

The competition and being around the guys and everything it brings with it; the atmosphere, being able to go places that other people aren’t able to go – it’s a really special feeling.

What is your favourite drill and why?

It’s got to be hamburgers. When each guy lays on their back, they toss a ball to the guy and as soon as they blow the whistle you get up, one is the tackler and one is the runner. It’s something I did at a young age and it’s something I remember and enjoyed.

Who has been your biggest football mentor?

I don’t know if I’ve had one. The biggest person that’s ever pushed me is my twin brother, Nick. But there hasn’t been anybody that I’ve looked up to or tried to emulate my game off, it was more just trying to be the best me I can be and have him alongside me.

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

We had this guy in college who was known for throwing up. And mid-play, going back and watching the film he was projectile vomiting as the play was going on, and he just kept running. It was spewing, it was the most comical thing I have ever seen on a football field.

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

It’d be cool to be back wherever my family started, meet the two people that came up with my bloodline and see where the ball got rolling.

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

My mom, that’d be most important to me and then probably just my family, I’m a big family guy.

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

I’d invest 95% of it, but I’ve always wanted a 1969 Camaro, orange with black Shelby stripes.