Ottawa Redblacks, Canadian actor Devon Sawa engage in hilarious Twitter exchange

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The Ottawa Redblacks are currently in negotiations with an intriguing Canadian quarterback — well, kind of.

It all started on Monday evening when Ottawa Redblacks’ head coach Paul LaPolice named his top three football movies.

The offensive guru didn’t opt for “realistic” football movies like the The Program or Any Given Sunday, instead opting for RudyThe Best of Times, and All The Right Moves.

When a fan reached out to suggest Little Giants as a possibility, the Redblacks mentioned Devon Sawa in their reply. He responded quickly and enthusiastically, offering to come out of retirement to throw for the Redblacks (well, technically the “Redbacks”).

Sawa was a teen heartthrob when Little Giants was released in 1994. He played the charismatic Junior Floyd, who was recruited to play quarterback after he impressed members of the team with his ability to throw groceries into a shopping cart (seriously).

The actor rejected the notion that he would need to tryout for Ottawa given his successful football past. In fairness, his team’s execution of the annexation of Puerto Rico with time expiring against the Cowboys was pretty flawless.

Ottawa has since gotten general manager Marcel Desjardins involved, so contract negotiations appear to be underway.

Sawa is now 42 years of age, which makes him a little old to be starting a career in professional football. He’s worked consistently as an actor for almost thirty years, though, so there’s something to be said for his longevity.

The actor and father of two often entertains his 197,000 followers on Twitter with self-deprecating humour and dry wit. There’s no word yet on whether the Redblacks have approached his Little Giants teammate, Becky “The Icebox” O’Shea, about joining the team at fullback or middle linebacker.

We could all use some levity right now, so we appreciate Sawa and the Redblacks’ social media team for entertaining us the last little while.

Also, Little Giants is worth checking out. It remains the favourite football movie of 3DownNation contributor John Hodge and stars a pair of prominent Canadians in Sawa (Vancouver) and Rick Moranis (Toronto).

Santino Filoso is originally from Ottawa and has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know).