Chris Cvetkovic


243 lbs


6' 1"






Jun 28th, 1977

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For the second straight season, Cvetkovic played in all 18 games for the Blue Bombers as the team’s long-snapper and registered four special teams tackles.  He also continued running his volunteer based program Cvet’s Pets, which helps raise funds and awareness for five local no-kill animal shelters in the city, and organized a trip to Mexico with other CFL players where they spent time volunteering at an animal sterilization clinic.  He was awarded the ‘Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award’ by the organization for the second time in his career, which is given annually to a Blue Bomber player for their excellence in combining football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community, and honours former offensive lineman Ed Kotowich.


Q:  What type of music do you listen to in the locker room? A: Mainly old school hip hop. Love Tribe called quest and the Pharcyde. Q:  If you were stranded on an island, which teammates would you want with you and why?  A: Joe Lobendahn ....(a) he is from an island (b) he knows how to survive on nature... He is our own 23" neck version of Survivor Man (c) he cooks some mean food especially his Candy Chicken (d) he has the best taste in music and always has it with him.   Q:  If Hollywood was to make a movie about you, which actor would play you and which actress would be the leading lady?  A: Denzel Washington!  Hands down!!! Although if they made a movie about Peter Forsberg I been told I could be his stunt double!    Q:  What movie are you most embarrassed to admit you like? A: Save the Last Dance.   Q:  Which super hero would you like to be?  A: Wolverine...never get injured, never need a can opener, and he made lots of chest hair cool again.    Q:  What do you eat before a game?  A: Subway is my first choice.   Q:  What is one thing that you must have in your refrigerator at all times? A: Cheese!!! Love cheese! And milk!!!   Q:  Biggest pet peeve? A: People who drive 20km below speed limit, and when they bring another long snapper to camp!!! Hate that.   Q:  Any tattoos? How many? A: 3 tattoos. ... One with my mom's initials, and on each arm of both my kids name written in Serbian.   Q:  Chad Ochocinqo changed his name a few years back. If you could change your name what would you change it to? A: Milt Stegall.     Q:  Favourite football memory? A:  Going to Grey Cup in 2007...not good memories after the game but everything leading up to the final whistle.   Q:  Favourite charity? A: Winnipeg Children's Hospital.   Q:  Favourite sport other than football? A: Golf.   Q:  What are 3 things that no one knows about you? A:    1. I am a stud at the game Cranium...correction...self proclaimed champ.         2. When I first came into CFL my long snaps weren't the best so i used some clips of Rob   Malone our starting snapper on my high lite tape.        3. And lastly the smell of kitty litter makes me sick.


Cvetkovic rebounded from missing the entire 2010 season by playing in all 18 regular season games and the East Final and 99th Grey Cup as the team’s long snapper and recorded three special teams tackles.  In the offseason, Cvetkovic started Cvet`s Pets which is a 100% volunteer based program that helps raise funds and awareness for five local no kill animal shelters in the city.  He is also very involved in many charity events throughout the province of Manitoba and is proud to call Winnipeg home year-round.


Chris suffered a torn ACL in the second pre-season game, he sat out all year. Although he couldn't play he was continue to work on charity events, one specifically called Huddle for Haiti.


Cvetkovic played all 18 regular season games and the East semi-final against Edmonton. He tallied 11 special teams tackles.


Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans gained a new appreciation for Cvetkovic’s contributions on special teams after he was forced to sit out nine weeks with a serious elbow injury that he incurred in the fourth week of the regular season. It was no coincidence that the club’s special teams unit enjoyed a resurgence following Cvetkovic’s return to the lineup. He finished the regular season with three special teams tackles in nine games. ‘Cvety’ was equally solid in the playoffs, appearing in both the East Semi-final versus the Montreal Alouettes, in which he registered one special teams tackle, and the East Final in Toronto. Cvetkovic also appeared in his first Grey Cup, a 23-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.


For the third year in a row, Cvetkovic appeared in all 18 regular season games for the Blue Bombers. He also saw action in the team’s East Semifinal loss to the Toronto Argonauts. He registered four special teams tackles during the regular season. Considered one of the premiere long-snappers in the CFL, Cvetkovic’s strong play was one of the reasons the Bombers gave up only one blocked kick all season long.


Cvetkovic appeared in all 18 regular season games for the Bombers. His pin-point snaps helped punter Jon Ryan to set a new CFL standard for gross punting average in a season at 50.6 yards a kick. Cvetkovic also finished the season tied for fourth place on the team in special teams tackles with 11, and led all CFL long-snappers in tackles for the second straight season.


Cvetkovic played in all 18 regular-season games.  He recorded 16 special teams tackles.


Cvetkovic played five years of college football for the Concordia Stingers. A college slotback, Cvetkovic led the Stingers with 23 receptions for 396 yards and two touchdowns in his final season, a year in which he was also a team captain.


Cvetkovic is a tireless worker in the community. His off-field efforts were recognized in 2006 when he was named the recipient of the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award, presented annually to the Bomber player who best demonstrates football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community. Cvetkovic is active with a number of local charities including CancerCare Manitoba, Child Find Manitoba, Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Foundation, Raise-A-Reader, Christmas Cheerboard, Winnipeg Harvest and the Blue Bombers’ Stay-In-School Program. He and longtime friend Phil Gibson, a defensive lineman with the Montreal Alouettes, launched the Gibson Cvetkovic Football Camp for youngsters in their hometown of Burlington, Ont. in 2005. Cvetkovic currently resides in Winnipeg year-round and spent this past off-season contributing to the Blue Bombers’ community programs.