Alouettes: “What I want is to play football” – Pier-Olivier Lestage

It was a Pier-Olivier Lestage who was thrilled to join the Montreal Alouettes, but also realistic about the reasons that led him to make the jump to the Canadian Football League (CFL) that presented itself to the media on Sunday .

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“Of course there have been failures to get here before. But the little man in me is super happy. It has always been a dream for me to play for the Alouettes,” said the offensive lineman after his first practice with his new roster.

The “failures” that Lestage is talking about are his failure to settle with the Seattle Seahawks, he being released from the club’s training squad, the NFL after a season. He couldn’t get a second chance with another team in the highest football league in the world.

“It was a matter of timing. We set a deadline for when we would make a decision. It got a little long and we were still waiting…”

“I was tired of wasting my time and decided to come and play here. What I want is to play football. I will be able to do that in Montreal, at home and in front of my family,” said the 24-year-old Quebecer.

Maciocia’s bet

Last week, Lestage and his agent Sasha Ghavami sat down with the “If” to negotiate the terms of a three-year deal. The product of the University of Montreal’s Carabins signed the bottom of his contract on Friday, much to the delight of Danny Maciocia.

In the 2021 CFL draft, the man who currently holds the position of general manager and interim head coach of the Alouettes had taken a certain risk by selecting the Saint-Eustache native with the 10th pick overall, as the latter are his success in the NFL.

“We spoke regularly for two years and throughout his time with the Seahawks,” revealed Maciocia, who coached Lestage during his time with the Carabins.

The DG’s bet has proved quite profitable as he now has a much more experienced player on hand.

“He has grown enormously, Maciocia analyzed. This is evident from his way of understanding what we do, his knowledge and the way he has trained. He has become a man and it is important to give him credit for the progress he has made in recent years.

Thursday in uniform

The Sparrows honcho plans to play Lestage this week, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are at Percival-Molson Stadium.

“We are working hard to get him ready to play quickly,” he said. We also have to be realistic, I don’t think he will be one of our starters for Thursday’s game. But hopefully we can dress it up this week and use it in some situations.”

Lestage wanted to play and it looks like his wish will be granted!

– In addition, the Alouettes have also added U.S. defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson and National Linebacker Eric Mezzalira to their practice roster.

Pier-Olivier Lestage: the sympathetic villain

“He is very passionate and committed. He works very hard and has a mean side which I like.

That’s how Danny Maciocia described the newcomer to the Montreal Alouettes: offensive lineman Pier-Olivier Lestage.

The latest passage of the description of the GM and interim head coach of the “If” might surprise many, but not supporters of the University of Montreal’s Carabins. During his time with the Blues, Lestage took great pleasure in physically and verbally intimidating his opponents.

“I’m a player who likes to hit hard and who likes to talk, who didn’t hide the smiling young man of 24. I’m in my element when it moves a little and when it crumbles after the whistle.

It’s not just Maciocia who loves this part of Lestage’s personality with the Alouettes.

“I love seeing this type of player,” said league offensive coach Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. The most important thing is that you make sure you do your assignments properly. If you do it with dog, bite and intensity that is a plus. This is something very disturbing for any opponent.

Lestage also brings a whole new depth to Brodeur-Jourdain’s unit, as he can play as a guard, center and blocker.

“I will try to make myself indispensable by being able to play multiple positions,” said the person who will wear number 68 for the Sparrows.

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