On Wednesday, we were lucky to have Eric Fraser join us as the latest Human Library installment. Eric is a Burnaby native who not only is the starting safety for the BC Lions, but is also a certified pilot. Among the collection of souvenirs that Eric brought with him were his helmet that he wore when he played in college for the Central Michigan Chippewas, game worn jerseys from all of the teams that he has played for in the CFL (Calgary, Ottawa, BC), and the football that he intercepted for a touchdown versus the Montreal Alouettes.
The boys were very excited to meet with Eric and asked him all sorts of questions about his football career and his experience as a pilot. Here are some of things that we learned during Eric’s visit:
-When pilots learn to fly, they are not allowed to use a GPS. They have to figure out where they are only by using paper maps.
-Judging from the number of injuries that Eric has experienced, being a football player can be a dangerous job!
-Football helmets have “pumpable” air pockets inside of them that allow the helmet to fit the head as securely as possible.
-According to Eric, the feeling of taking off as the pilot of an airplane and making a big hit on the football field are about the same.
-After a big play by the visiting team, 105,000 people can become very quiet (as Eric experienced while playing against the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor).