Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chiu Becomes Longest Serving Alouette

Centre Bryan Chiu on the opening day of the Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football League training camp Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Campus du Fort St. Jean in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu south of Montreal. Photograph by: John Kenny, Montreal Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

REGINA – Thirteen Canadian Football League seasons and 203 games, it seems, have passed in an instant, Bryan Chiu admits. Especially when the Alouettes’ veteran centre ponders his humble beginning and looks back on a career that seemingly was never meant to be.

It was springtime, 1997, a year after the Als selected Chiu in the second-round (18th overall) of the Canadian college draft. He was an anomaly – an Asian offensive lineman, perhaps somewhat undersized. Met at the airport upon his arrival from Vancouver by a team employee, Chiu made the arduous trek to St. Jean with defensive tackle Doug Petersen, another British Columbia product, for the start of training camp.

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My Comment: I met Bryan Chiu about 10 years ago at his home in NDG. What striked me about him was his happy personality and positive energy. 13 years ..... could not have happened to a better person.

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