Jorgen Hus lines up at one of the unheralded positions on the gridiron, but he will be helping out the Roughriders organization with a pair of events away from the football field this off-season.
The Saskatchewan Roughrider long snapper will be one of the players lacing up a pair of skates in the Saskatchewan Roughriders Foundation Winter Classic this Saturday in Saskatoon. He will also be a guest speaker for the upcoming University of Regina Rams Sports Dinner.
Hus recently was a guest on the SportsCage with Michael Ball to talk about the off-season events and the upcoming campaign with the Roughriders.
The Saskatoon product grew up as a football player, but like many Saskatchewan athletes, he also enjoyed playing hockey. Hus admitted he hasn’t been on the ice recently but said that he is looking forward to being a participant in the fundraising hockey game. He noted that he’s excited to catch up with former teammates like Rob Bagg and Chris Getzlaf in Saskatoon.
All proceeds from Saturday’s hockey game at Merlis Belsher Place will go towards Kidsport to help kids participate in hockey and football.
On Thursday, April 27, Hus will be joined by Mitchell Picton, Trevor Harris and Tevaughn Campbell as the speakers at the 54th Annual Rams Sports Dinner. Even though he grew up in Saskatoon, Hus said he had no problem joining the University of Regina Rams after a stop with the Saskatoon Hilltops.
“I was more than happy when the Rams called and I had such a great time there. So many connections, so many guys I still talk to and I’m really looking forward to getting back.”
Hus committed to long snapping during his time with the Rams. The Saskatoon product attended some camps south of the border and during his final season at the University of Regina, Hus realized he could have a lengthy and healthy football career as a long snapper.
To become a successful long snapper, the 33-year-old said it takes a lot of repetitions to make the holder and kicker’s jobs easier during a kick.
“The better that I can do my job makes it easier on the holder so he doesn’t have to spin the laces and then Brett (Lauther) is looking at a ball that the laces are out, he’s going to make that kick every time.”
After he finished up with the green and gold, Hus bounced around on some rosters in the National Football League. He spent time with the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs between 2013-15. In 2015, Hus joined the Roughriders where he has remained a member since.
As he enters his eighth season as a member of the green and white, Hus believes that he provides leadership through his actions instead of his words.
“Being there early, doing the right things, being on time, being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there.”