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November 22, 2018 | Football

Team Canada star takes football commitment to a whole new level.Team Canada star takes football commitment to a whole new level.

Hard work drives Gabriel Pelletier to football excellence

Head coach Brad Collinson is pleased to announce Team Canada linebacker Gabriel Pelletier has committed to the Concordia Stingers football program.

The Campus Notre Dame de Foy standout completed his third season in the Cégep ranks a few weeks ago. He had 54 solo tackles, 40 assists and two interceptions at the college level. He won a Bol d’Or championship with CNDF in 2016.

“Gabriel comes from a good program that teaches good fundamentals and teaches the game of football properly,” said Collinson. “He’s a winner. He comes with a mentality of excellence. I hope he can bring that to our program.”

The St. Augustin de Desmaures, Que. native played his high school football with the Saint-Jean-Eudes Condors. In 2015 he was an RSEQ juvenile Division 1 all-star. He recorded 28 solo tackles, 73 assists and two interceptions that season.

Pelletier was selected to play on Team Quebec in 2016. He won a gold medal at Canada Cup and was named to the national championship tournament’s second all-star team. He also represented Canada at the North American U18 championship in January of 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

The six-foot, 210-pound linebacker says his strong work ethic is the biggest reason he is successful on the field.

“I work hard,” he explained. “I put a lot of time into film and training. I also look after myself – sleep and nutrition. I do everything I can to get to the highest level.

“I may not be the fastest or strongest player on the field, but I work harder. I can read an offence, I know my playbook and I serve as a coach on the field for my teammates.”

When Pelletier starts at university in January, he will be following in his father’s footsteps. Serge Pelletier studied Actuarial Math at the Concordia. Gabriel is looking at the Exercise Science program.

“I chose Concordia because I want to practise my English,” said Gabriel. “I want to go to school away from home and away from my comfort zone. I also want to be on a team with my friend (Stinger) Jacob Salvail.“

I want to play on a team that is a contender where you work hard and have everything to prove.”