November 21, 2019

Former CFLer breaks down how to turn football fandom into friendships

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If you’ve ever wondered what pro football players talk about on the sidelines, two-time Grey Cup winner Chris Getzlaf has a tip: They’re sharing a common interest!

This is not all that different from what you and your buddies do while watching the game at home. It’s a lot of fun, for sure, but getting social with other guys is also good for reducing stress, improving your mood, keeping you mentally sharp, helping you get active, and even helping you live longer.

Europe recently teamed up with the CFL Alumni Association and Canadian Men’s Health Foundation to blog his advice on how to turn football fandom into friendships for the foundation’s Dont Change Much initiative.

To read his blog, click here.

Getzlaf spent 11 seasons in the Canadian Football League, spending time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos. It was in his hometown of Regina where Getzlaf made the most impact, playing eight years with the Riders.

Over his career, the receiver accumulated 6,192 yards and 41 touchdowns on 414 catches in 147 career games.

Getzlaf was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Tiger-Cats. He went on to win a pair of Grey Cups (2007, 2013) and was named the Dick Suderman Trophy winner in the 101st Grey Cup.