“Greatness comes to people who are willing to pay the price for a long period of time”, says Angus Reid, offensive lineman for the BC Lions.
For our second interview in the series ‘TeamPages Chat with the Pros’ , I spoke with Angus Reid, an offensive lineman for the BC Lions. When I contacted Angus, he suggested that I drive out to the BC Lions training facility in Surrey to watch their practice before we did the interview.
My journey to the BC Lions training facility began with a bit of a rocky start, as it became apparent that I had mistakenly printed out very good directions to the City Hall in Surrey. Fortunately, I have an iphone, and 21 minutes later I was parked at the correct location. My friend Emily along with me as my camerawomen. As I spoke with Angus, it became very apparent that he has a ot of inspirational advice to share.
“Focus on the things you can control, and the things you can’t, don’t worry about it because there’s nothing you can do about it anyways”, is some of the great advice Angus shared with me. During the interview, he talked about the challenges his smaller (for a football player) body type has given him “I couldn’t get any taller, my arms couldn’t get longer, but I could get smarter, quicker and stronger. Get so good at the things that you can control, that the things you can’t won’t matter”.
During our chat, Angus discussed some challenges he has faced during his career, such as being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in college. He also discussed how his mom found out he had been traded from the Montreal Alouettes back to the BC Lions, and how he decided to play football.
During the offseason, Angus speaks to children at schools, and also has a website with training advice, and is setting up clinics that you could attend this offseason! To learn more, visit Angusreid64.com.
Bio of Angus Reid
Angus Reid, born in Richmond BC in 1976, is an offensive lineman for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He is number 64, weighs 305 lbs. and is 6’1″ tall. He attended Simon Fraser University and played for the Simon Fraser Clan. He began his professional career with the Montreal Alouettes in 2001, and was traded to the BC Lions later that season. In 2004, he was selected to the West Division All-Star Team for the first time in his career. Angus has been the BC Lions starting centre for eight straight seasons and also includes eight playoff games and two Grey Cups.