Get to know U16 West All Star Team Quarterback Eli Hetlinger
Eli Hetlinger is a quarterback from Edmonton, Alberta that will be suiting up for the 2018 International Bowl as a member of the Under-16 Western Canadian Team.
The quarterback’s first introduction to the sport was through the Canadian Football League (CFL).
“My dad took me to an Eskimos game one time and since then, I fell in love with the game,” recalled Hetlinger. “My love continued for the game up to today.”
Hetlinger’s passion for the sport runs deep as he studies the game meticulously.
“I love just watching any kind of football,” offered the quarterback. “I know I can always improve my game so with any quarterback, any game film, I always look to learn from anything.”
Throughout his career, the Alberta standout has played for multiple teams including the Edmonton Chargers and the Harry Ainlay Titans of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA).
For Hetlinger, the best times of his career were while he played for both the Titans as well as Team Alberta.
“Those two have been really fun,” added the pivot of the highlights of his career.
An unforgettable experience for Hetlinger was leading Alberta to gold at this past July’s Under-16 Western Challenge in Lethbridge.
“It was awesome,” he recalled. “Getting up every morning with the boys, going to practice and going to games – nothing beats that!”
“It was really a fun week and I really enjoyed it.”
Hetlinger credits his parents for bringing out the best in him on and off the field.
“I always look up to them because they are amazing parents to me,” expressed Hetlinger.
Not being able to come up with the words to describe his reaction to making the national team, the Alberta quarterback was happy his hard work finally paid off in a major way.
“It’s a great honour, that’s for sure,” said Hetlinger of the chance to participate at the 2018 International Bowl. “It’s an extreme honour and I got to work hard every day to make sure I represent Team Western Canada very well.”
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