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TMI: Jonathon Jennings the drummer?

When I sat down with Jonathon Jennings at Mark’s CFL Week in Winnipeg last month, I found out a few pretty interesting things about the BC Lions quarterback.

First of all, Jennings plays the drums (jam session with Argo Bear Woods? I need that to happen..) He’s been playing since high school and he just got himself a new set.

The person he’d be stranded on a deserted island with makes complete sense.

Oh, and Bombers fans, you may be a little upset with one of Jennings’ favourite football memories. Just sayin’. *Insert Kermit the Frog sipping tea meme*


Kristina Costabile: Tell me something that fans would be surprised to know about you.

Jonathon Jennings: There’s nothing crazy but most people would know by now that I’m a drummer. I’ve been playing drums since I can remember. I grew up in the church playing and playing in the jazz band in high school.

KC: Do you still play?

JJ: I just bought an electronic drum set! I put it in my basement so it’s not too loud.

KC: Other than playing the drums, what do you like to do in your spare time?

JJ: I like to golf. I like to read when I have time. I love just chilling. I can just chill in my basement and watch sports all day. (Editors note: Same, Jon, same.)

KC: What’s on your pregame playlist?

JJ: I listen to gospel, honestly. I listen to a lot of gospel pregame. Sometimes, if I’m feeling crazy, I’ll listen to some J Cole. And every now and then some John Mayer. I switch it up, I’ll listen to anything.

KC: If you could be stranded on a deserted island with any one of your teammates, who would it  be and why?

JJ: It would have to be (Travis) Lulay, that’s the funniest part. It would have to be Lulay just because he’s going to be conscientious about everything that needs to be done. He’s going to take care of that. He’s going to be thoughtful about things and he’d be a good friend.

KC: So, what you’re saying is that he’s going to do hard stuff and you just get to chill on the island?

JJ: He’s just going to make the plans! I’m going to help him out with the plans but he’s going to set the plans up. Then we’re going to work together and have some good laughs out of it.

KC: If you weren’t a football player, what would you be doing?

JJ: Oh man, I don’t know. Digging ditches I guess. *laughs* Nah, I’m just kidding. That’s what all the coaches will tell you. They’ll say, ‘oh well if you weren’t playing football, you’d be digging ditches!’ I was a finance major so I’d probably be doing something in the financial world. Some type of investment management or something.

KC: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

JJ: I could probably eat chicken fried rice every day because you have a mix of everything.

KC: What is your favourite football memory?

JJ: I have two. In college we beat our rival Grand Valley with nine seconds left in the game. I threw a 40-yard touchdown to win that game. It was like, 55-52. And then the other one is beating Winnipeg in 2016 playoffs. That moment was pretty fun.

KC: What is a guilty pleasure song on your playlist?

JJ: I seriously like so many guilty pleasure songs. Nothing comes to mind but I can listen to (Justin) Bieber. Most people might say John Mayer music as well. Katy Perry – Firework. If it’s good music, I’m on it.

KC: Do you have any pregame superstitions or routines?

JJ: No, honestly, I try to stay away from superstition stuff because once you make it a thing, it becomes a thing. If I ever start thinking superstitious, I’m like, ‘nope, I’m just going to do it anyways.’