Bradley Sinopoli (born April 14, 1988) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was originally a quarterback with the Calgary Stampeders before being converted to wide receiver in 2013. He played CIS football for the Ottawa Gee-Gees. In 2010, Sinopoli became the fourth Gee-Gee player to win the Hec Crighton Trophy after passing for a school record and CIS leading 2,756 passing yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games. Because of his strong season, he was one of only two quarterbacks invited to the CFL Evaluation Camp for players eligible in the 2011 CFL Draft.
|No. 88 Ottawa Redblacks|
Brad Sinopoli with the University of Ottawa, 2010
|Born:||April 14, 1988|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|CFL draft||2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 29|
|Drafted by||Calgary Stampeders|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL East All-Star||2015, 2017, 2018|
|Awards||2010 CIS Hec Crighton Trophy|
Sinopoli played high school football at Crestwood Secondary School for the Mustangs in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. He was also a former AAA hockey player for the Peterborough Minor Petes of the OMHA's Eastern AAA League.
Regular season statisticsEdit
Sinopoli was drafted 29th overall in the fourth round of the 2011 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. He was later signed to a contract with the Stampeders on May 20, 2011. He dressed in all 18 regular season games for the 2011 season as the third-string quarterback as well as dressing in the West Semi-Final. Sinopoli served as the team's holder for placekicks in all of their games as well. Prior to the start of the 2012 regular season, Sinopoli was released by the Stampeders. Following an injury to Calgary's starting quarterback Drew Tate, Sinopoli was re-signed by the Stampeders on July 9, 2012. Thereafter, Sinopoli dressed for ten games as the third-string quarterback before Tate went back on the active roster. Following another injury to Tate, Sinopoli dressed in the West Final and 100th Grey Cup. Due to the entrenched quarterbacks on the depth chart, Sinopoli was moved to wide receiver for the 2013 CFL season, with his first career reception coming against the Montreal Alouettes. Sinopoli recorded his first CFL touchdown on a 26-yard run in a 10–7 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 18, 2014. He finished the 2013 season with 34 receptions and 417 receiving yards in 14 regular season games played. In 2014, he recorded his first receiving touchdown in a game against the Toronto Argonauts on September 13, 2014. He broke his collarbone while catching a touchdown pass on October 17, 2014 and sat out the rest of the season. While he didn't play in the game, Sinopoli earned his first Grey Cup championship following the Stampeders' victory in the 102nd Grey Cup game.
On February 10, 2015, Sinopoli signed a free agent contract with the Ottawa Redblacks. He had a break-out season with the Ottawa Redblacks; playing in all 18 regular season games and becoming one of four Ottawa receivers with 1000-yard receiving seasons. Sinopoli finished the regular season with 86 receptions, for 1,035 yards with three touchdowns. His successful season was rewarded when he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian. In 2016, Sinopoli surpassed his 2015 performance by finishing the regular season with 90 receptions, for 1036 with four touchdowns (all career highs). He would also go on to win the Dick Suderman Trophy as the Most Valuable Canadian player at the 104th Grey Cup after compiling six receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown in the Redblacks' upset victory over the Calgary Stampeders. In the Redblacks' second to last regular season game of the 2017 season, Sinopoli injured his shoulder. Following the team's bye week it was announced that he would miss the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his shoulder that would require surgery. At the time of his injury, Sinopoli was seventh in the league in receiving yards with 1,009. Immediately following the 2017 season, Sinopoli signed a new two-year extension. He played in 17 games in 2018, resting for the last game of the regular season, but still managed to post a career-high 116 receptions for 1376 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He set an all-time CFL record for receptions in a season by a Canadian player (previously 112 by Ben Cahoon in 2003) as well as setting the all-time Ottawa professional football record for most receptions in a season (previously 96 by Greg Ellingson in 2017).
Awards and honoursEdit
In 2016, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame recognized Brad Sinopoli as the 2015 Syl Apps Athlete of the Year Award recipient. The award celebrates the contributions of top athletes in Ontario, and is awarded to the athlete who has made an outstanding and memorable contribution to Ontario sports during the previous calendar year. The online public vote to determine the award recipient concluded on March 31, 2016 with Sinopoli edging out other top professional competitors such as Andre De Grasse, Brooke Henderson and Andrew Wiggins to win. He received nearly 30% of total votes cast.
- "Brad Sinopoli". stampeders.com. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
- https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/Gees+Brad+Sinopoli+wins+Crighton+Trophy/3885509/story.html[permanent dead link] Sinopoli wins Crighton
- http://www.mykawartha.com/sports/article/960918--sinopoli-off-to-cfl-evaluation-camp Sinopoli off to CFL Evaluation Camp
- "In Brief: Peterborough native Brad Sinopoli brings Grey Cup for surprise visit to Crestwood Secondary School, James Strath Public School". January 10, 2017.
- "2016 Syl Apps Award - Brad Sinopoli". April 18, 2016.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-06-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 2010 GeeGees Media Guide
- https://www.cfl.ca/article/stamps-sign-picks-sinopoli-turner-and-parker Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine Stamps sign picks Sinopoli, Turner and Parker
- https://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=399097 Released by Stampeders
- "Canadian QB Sinopoli back with Stampeders". cfl.ca. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Glenn steps in and steps up to lead Stamps over Als". cfl.ca. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Brad Sinopoli - Roster - Calgary Stampeders". archive.org. 7 October 2014. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2014-09-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Neate Sager (July 4, 2015). "Ottawa Redblacks' Brad Sinopoli has huge homecoming".
- "FA15: REDBLACKS make a Day 2 splash". cfl.ca. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Redblacks R Sinopoli wins outstanding Canadian award". TSN. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
- "Redblacks' Sinopoli out for season with shoulder injury - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
- "Redblacks sign WR Sinopoli to 2-year deal - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Brad Sinopoli hauls in 113th reception for CFL record". October 27, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-10-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Brad Sinopoli named Ontario Sports Hall of Fame's Syl Apps Athlete of the Year". www.ottawaredblacks.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
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