The University of Calgary football Dinos confirmed the signing of running back Robbie Rodrigues to a U Sports Letter of Intent. Rodrigues becomes the fourth member of the 2017 Okanagan Sun to decide to make the transition to U Sports football.
U Sports football is not new to the 21-year-old Rodrigues. The native of Burnaby, B.C. made the cross-Canada trek in 2015 dressing for seven of nine games for Mount Allison University Mounties of the Atlantic University Sports Conference. He intended on heading back East to play for Saint Mary’s but chose to remain with the Sun for the 2017 season.
“Robbie is a hard-nosed runner with breakaway speed. He had a great success as a running back in Junior Football and we look forward him to being with our program,” stated Head Coach Wayne Harris.
Rodrigues joined the Sun midway through last year after deciding not to return to the East Coast enrolling at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. In 2017 he was the starting tailback for the Sun earning Most Sportsmanlike Player honors for the Sun.
“Calgary is close to home and I want to win a Vanier Cup. Calgary has good facilities and they have the tools to help me succeed at the next level,” states Rodrigues who hopes to transfer courses into the Haskayne School of Business and has been attending the University of Calgary during the winter 2018 semester.
Robbie attended Burnaby Mountain High School but did not play High School football as his team did not have a High School team but honed his skills for the Coquitlam Midget Falcons where he was a Midget all-star.
Rodrigues has three years of U Sports eligibility remaining and is the son of Angelina and step father Jean Michael.