Photo Credit: by Kristina Cowie
Who:Graig Newman, Saskatchewan Roughrider. Where: Broadway Ave. Clothes: Levi’s 508 jeans, $120, Vancouver; jacket, $70, Urban Outfitters (www.urbanoutfitters.com); Gap cardigan, $50, The Gap Outlet (Preston Crossing). Footwear: Vans boots, $60, Winners (2319 8th St E). Accessories: FarmFresh sunglasses, $120, Spareparts (Midtown Plaza).
Saskatchewan Roughrider Graig Newman was born in Langley, B.C., but has been a Saskatoon resident for most of his life. The 23-year-old defensive back played five years of junior football for the Hilltops, and last season was his first with the Riders. During his time with the Hilltops, Graig also completed a degree in chemical engineering at the U of S.
Describe your style.
Simple. I’m not one to spend a whole lot of time doing myself up â€• I just throw something on that I think looks alright and just go with it.
Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
All over the place. It could be from a magazine or just someone walking down the street. Also, my sister is big into fashion so she tends to have some opinions on what I should wear as well.
Last thing you bought?
The most recent purchase was a few shirts from Pull and Bear when I was down in Mexico.
How long have you been playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders?
Well technically, I’ve played for one and a half seasons, if that makes any sense. Two years ago I was signed to the Riders’ practice roster and I was there from June to early September, but I decided to go back to school at the U of S to finish my degree. So last year was really my rookie season because I actually got to play in the games.
What position do you play?
Defensive back — safety, to be specific — and lots of special teams.
One football moment that you’ll never forget?
One moment I’ll never forget is playing my last game for the Hilltops, when we won the national championship in Hamilton — which is also the same place where I played my first CFL game.
What’s your career advice for young talent out there?
There are no shortcuts in my line of work, if you can call it work. It’s about being dedicated and working hard every day to improve yourself.
How do you prepare or hype yourself up before a big game?
Music is a big part of everyday life for me, but come game day it’s crucial to help get my mind right and prepare myself for the game, getting pumped up.
Any pet peeves?
I’m pretty easygoing so nothing really gets on my nerves â€• except terrible drivers.
What’s currently playing on your iPod/mp3 player?
I just watched the documentary Searching for Sugar Man recently, so there’s a lot of Rodriguez on there. Really enjoying the Alabama Shakes right now too.
Best advice ever given to you.
Never say you’re not good enough.
Riders’ Grey Cup 2013, anyone?