Matt Soles, son of hall-of-famer Michael Soles, to play football at McGill
MONTREAL – Matthew Soles, the 20-year-old son of football legend Michael Soles, has transferred to McGill University in the hopes of playing in his father's footsteps. The news was announced on the eve of Friday's home opener against Concordia by McGill football head coach Ronald Hilaire. The cross-town rivals with compete in the 51st annual Shaughnessy Cup game at 4 p.m. at Percival Molson Stadium.
Matthew, a six-foot, 223-pound fullback who has been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has transferred from Queen's University, where he sat out his freshman year with an injury. The native of Pte. Claire, Que., played at running back and linebacker during his high school days with the Loyola Warriors and the Trinity College School Bears in Port Hope, Ont. He helped the Warriors win back-to-back GMAA championships in 2014 and 2015. He also played for the Lakeshore Cougars and won leadership awards with both the Bears and Warriors.
"Matthew's definitely a high energy kid and was fearless on both sides of the ball when he played at Trinity," said Hilaire. "He showed some great athletic abilities and I think that he will translate that well at the fullback position in our conference."
Soles will study physical education at McGill and is expected to practice with the team on Tuesday, the first day of classes.
His father, Michael, has been battling ALS — more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease — since 2005. He had a storied athletic career at St. Thomas High School, John Abbott College and McGill, where he led the team to the Vanier Cup national championship as a sophomore in 1987 and was later inducted to the University's Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating in only three years, he embarked on an 11-year pro career in the Canadian Football League, winning a Grey Cup ring with Edmonton in 1993 and closing out his playing career with the Montreal Alouettes.
In 2014, his former McGill teammates announced the establishment of the Michael Soles Football Award, an endowment fund in his honour -- which has raised almost $229,000 -- that would provide scholarships to help the school's varsity program.
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