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He may have been born and raised in Pennsylvania, but there’s no doubt that REDBLACKS Assistant General Manager Jeremy Snyder has fully embraced Canada as a second home. Since starting out as the club’s Director of Football Administration and Pro/College Scout before the team had even hit the field for its 2014 expansion season, Snyder is entering his second season as AGM in 2018. He sat down with our Chris Hofley to talk about how he ended up in the CFL, what it was like putting an expansion franchise together and explains what, exactly, an assistant general manager does.
We call it the off-season, but this is a busy time of year for you. So let’s get right down to it….Where are you from?
You played for the Allegheny College Gators after a high school career at Titusville High School. Where did your love of the game come from?
You were able to turn your collegiate playing career into your first job in the game… how did that come about?
You must have been an Eagles fan growing up, right?
Getting back to your career trajectory….
What is it about the Canadian game versus American football that drew you in?
So you were in Montreal before the REDBLACKS existed. How did you find your way to Ottawa?
Speaking of being part of something big, what has this ride been like so far when you look back on a going from a tough expansion year to Grey Cup champions in such a short period of time?
Marcel is the guy whose name and face is always out there, doing interviews and all of that stuff that comes with the territory of being a GM. How would you describe your role?
Does it drive you crazy when people talk about the off-season, as if there actually is down time in your line of work?
In that case, we’ll let you get back to it. Thanks for your time!
Jeremy Snyder lives in Ottawa with his wife, Melissa and their kids Owen, Hazel and Harris.