Former Peace River High School student brings the CFL Grey Cup home
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February 2, 2018 - Peace River High School (PRHS) is thrilled to announce that Linden Gaydosh, Defensive Tackle for the Toronto Argonauts is bringing the 105th Grey Cup to Peace River. During a special meet and greet event, Linden will proudly bring the Grey Cup to PRHS on February 17, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. Linden is a PRHS graduate who went on to play in both the Canadian and National Football League and in November 2017, earned his first Grey Cup ring following the Canadian championship win against the Calgary Stampeders.
The meet and greet event provides an opportunity for community to view the Grey Cup, congratulate Linden, and view various jerseys, trophies, photos and banners throughout his football career. Guests are welcome to bring items to be autographed and photos of Linden will be available at the event for autographs.
“I am very excited to bring the Grey Cup to my hometown and give my family and the community a chance to see it” says Linden. “It’s still surreal to me. I remember dreaming about playing professional football and now I am bringing the Grey Cup to my hometown. I have no idea how far north it’s been and I don’t think it has ever been to Peace River.”
Linden jokingly added “I don’t know how much time I will have with it because my dad is so excited. Ever since he started playing football, he wanted to win it. It’s great to bring it back to where it all started for me and it means more to be able to bring it home for my family and the community than it does for me.”
Linden shared that every player gets at least 24 hours with the cup and being that he has a journey to bring it north, he was able to make arrangements to have it for an extra couple of days.
Linden began his football career while playing for the Peace River Pioneers and graduated from Peace River High School in 2009. Linden went on to play college football for the Calgary Dinos from 2009-2012 while attending the University of Calgary. Since then, Linden has played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Carolina Panthers, Saskatchewan Roughriders and currently plays for the Toronto Argonauts.
When asked about the impact the school, community and the Pioneers Football Club had in his life, Linden shared that his time in Peace River set the foundation for his football career.
“The Pioneers are a great club and the coaches, my teachers and community have been very supportive - I could not ask for anything better” says Linden. “In grade seven, the Pioneers Coach Chris Friskie was my Social Studies teacher and encouraged me to play - I have been in love with the sport ever since. Another one of the biggest influences for me was Dr. Willox. He was my defensive line coach and taught me the foundations in my role.”
In 2013, Linden was ranked the 2nd best eligible player in the Canadian Football League draft and was the first player chosen at the 2013 CFL draft during first round of picks. Less than a week after being drafted to the CFL by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Linden signed with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) and later in the season, he sustained a back injury and remained on the injured reserve list. In 2014, Linden was released by the NFL and returned to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he played in nine regular season games and played in the 2014 Grey Cup final against the Calgary Stampeders. Linden sustained an injury that caused him to miss the 2015 season and in 2016, Linden was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He remained with the roughriders until August 2017 and then signed with the Toronto Argonauts. Linden also played on Team Canada during the International Federation of American Football’s World Championship in the summer of 2009. Throughout his professional career with the Tiger-cats and the Argonauts, Linden earned 21 game points with 11 defensive tackles and three sacks.
While attending PRHS, Linden applied for and received the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Scholarship which he describes as a stepping stone in his career.
“It’s important to work hard in school. This scholarship was the next stepping stone to where I wanted to go and the best opportunity for me to reach my goal was the university path. In order to follow your dreams and goals, you need to work hard and it requires sacrifices. Whether it means getting up at six in the morning to get to the gym before school or missing out on social events, you need to have self-discipline and stay focused on priorities. Being determined, steadfast, driving, and grinding for what you want is important. It is not going to come quickly – these things take time and patience.”
View a video HERE created by the CFL from 2013 where Linden talks fondly about his roots and influences in Peace River.
“Linden’s work ethic, determination and passion is an inspiration to many and we are grateful he chose to share his success with the community by bringing the Grey Cup back to his hometown and high school” says PRHS Principal Mark Owens. “His success is a great example of what can be achieved with persistence and hard work. We are very proud to call him a member of the Peace River High School family.”
Photo: Linden Gaydosh with his father, Dave Gaydosh and his mother, Lynn Gaydosh at the 2017 Grey Cup final