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Saskatchewan Roughrider Levi Steinhauer spent an hour of his day with the Grey Cup by bringing the CFL's championship trophy to his former highschool, Peacock Collegiate.
Levi Steinhauer needed a place to put his bag of gummy bears.
The top of the Grey Cup was the perfect spot.
“One of the coaches, he always gave gummy bears for big hits,” Steinhauer told the Times-Herald. “He ended up giving me the gummy bears today and I just thought it was a good place to store them while I was standing here.”
Steinhauer, a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, brought the Canadian Football League’s championship trophy to Peacock Collegiate on Friday at noon. He only had one day with the Grey Cup and wanted to bring it to his former high school.
“I played here for four years and went to school here. It had a lot to do with my development. It feels good to be able to bring it back and just let everybody around here enjoy it as well,” Steinhauer said.
The 23-year-old defensive lineman and special teams player said Peacock gave him a good foundation for his career.
“They had good coaches here the whole time I was here. They took it really serious,” Steinhauer said. “That’s where I started loving football, and they encouraged me to continue.”
For 14-year-old Peacock Tornado football player Park Andrews, seeing the Grey Cup in-person for the first time was inspiring, especially having it brought there by an alumnus.
“It’s cool to know how far he’s gone with football,” Andrews said of Steinhauer’s success. “You can see the opportunities you have to go far.”
Before Steinhauer brought the Grey Cup to Peacock, he and his family spent time taking a lot of pictures.
His dad Keith called it a dream come true, and said seeing his son bring the trophy to his former high school was a precious moment.
“It’s my former high school too. And his brother and sister went here too. It’s kind of a homecoming for all of us. To live this through him is awesome,” Keith said.
He said the realization that the trophy belongs to Saskatchewan is just starting to sink in.
“Even my sister asked me before Christmas if I’d came down to Earth yet, and I said ‘Well, slowly.’ She said ‘What’s the rush?’” Keith said with a laugh.
Steinhauer had to part with the Grey Cup on Friday night at the Moose Jaw Warriors game, but he’s already focused on earning it again.
“The goal is always to win another one,” Steinhauer said.
Few athletes in any sport win a championship trophy in their first professional year like Steinhauer, but he’s not taking that for granted.
“It kind of sets up the rest of your career. You’re going to keep chasing it and hopefully get it again,” Steinhauer said.
As for roster changes like Thursday’s release of Riders wide receiver Weston Dressler, Steinhauer doesn’t worry much about those management decisions.
“I just worry about the things that I can control. I just worry about my offseason and when we go back — whoever’s there, whoever’s not there — you deal with it when you get to that point,” Steinhauer said.