Three essentials for playing in a CFL hub city from Riders’ QB Cody Fajardo

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Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo knows his exact three essentials for being locked down and playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CFL Players’ Association sent a survey to its membership and asked what would required to attend a hub city season in 2020. Fajardo shared what his would be on the latest episode of The Rouge Report podcast

No. 1: “I gotta have a comfortable bed. If you’re going to put me on a twin bed in a dorm, I’m not going to be able to do that. If I’m in a hotel bed, then it’s more feasible. I’m huge on sleep during the season, I’m in bed by like 9:30 p.m. I try and get eight, nine hours sleep so I can recover faster, and if I don’t have a good bed, I can see it leading to more injuries. When the CFL reached out I said, look, I gotta have comfortable bed — it’s number one.”

No. 2: “Food quality because you gotta think we’re not going to be able to leave, so you can’t just stuff us with Chick-fil-A sandwiches. We’re probably not going to have kitchens, so you have to be able to cater to our nutritional needs. You gotta be able to cater to some guys who don’t eat meat and don’t eat certain things or are allergic to certain things. That’s going to make things a little bit more difficult. I eat everything, so it doesn’t really matter to me, but I was just thinking more for other guys. It would be tough knowing that you can’t make your own meal of what you like and you just have to eat what they’re giving you.”

No.3: “Hydration would be a big thing. Guys would each have to have their own Brita system where they can just have unlimited water because you’re going to be crushing a ton of water bottles and Gatorades. I can’t stand a lot of Gatorade because it’s so sugary, so I just try and get as much water as I can. The ultimate thing is my room better be stocked with grenadine and Pepsi because when we win football games, I can’t go to the store and get it, it better be there for my celebratory drink. That would be good living.”

Fajardo shared from the information he read which has sent over by the union, each individual player would be staying in their own, separate room. There would be a specified amount of time on the field and players can’t meet with each other outside of practice and team meetings.

Word of the Toronto Blue Jays discipline for leaving the bubble and being seen in public made its way to Fajardo. If a Jays player is seen outside Rogers Centre or the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel, they’ll be fined $750,000 and face potential jail time.

“Obviously, they make different money than us, but that’s how serious they are about it. I’m sure it’s going to be just as strict for us as CFL guys,” Fajardo said.

“It’s going to be exhausting if and when we get this season rolling, playing games close to each other and football non-stop 24/7. I know when I get to Canada it’s going to be non-stop football for me.”

There is a chance Fajardo could be playing at Mosaic Stadium this year.