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Going back in time would be perfect to see Ali and Gretzky in their prime

In our latest Q&A session, we caught up with JV Sault Sabercats quarterback Ryan Barnes
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JV Sabercats quarterback Ryan Barnes. Brad Coccimiglio/SooToday

The Sault Sabercats junior varsity team is in the midst of an unbeaten run to start the Ontario Football Conference season.

Ryan Barnes is the Sabercats quarterback and has earned the praise of his coach as a dual threat with an ability to run and throw.

SooToday recently caught up with Barnes for our latest Q&A session.

Q: What’s your first sports memory?

RB: Probably my first sports memory is just throwing the football around in the backyard with my dad.

Q: What other sports are you interested in that people wouldn’t expect?

RB: I like basketball and I like badminton. Badminton’s pretty fun.

Q: Who are three people, dead or alive, that you would like to have dinner with and why?\

RB: Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzky.

Just because they’re the greatest to do what they do.

Q: Aside from your current job, what non-sports career are you interested in and why?

RB: Welder just because I’m good at it and I have a passion for it.

Q: What person, living or dead, do you admire most and why?

RB: My dad.

He’s always tries his hardest to help me through anything and he’s always been there for me. I look up to him every day.

Q: If you could be commissioner for a day, what changes would you make to the sport?

RB: Get rid of the Patriots.

Q: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned?

RB: Teamwork.

Everybody that has my back, I’ll always have their back.

Q: What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

RB: I’m a nice guy.

It doesn’t seem like it all the time on the field but I am a pretty nice guy.

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

RB: The ability to go back in time.

Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you?

RB: My phone, a ship, and a captain for the ship.


Brad Coccimiglio

About the Author: Brad Coccimiglio

A graduate of Loyalist College’s Sports Journalism program, Brad Coccimiglio’s work has appeared in The Hockey News as well as online at in addition to regular freelance work with SooToday before joining the team full time.
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