Following weeks of viewer excitement and fervent speculation, Citytv announced today that 28-year-old CFL wide receiver Brad Smith is now the country’s most eligible bachelor, and will star as ‘the bachelor’ on The Bachelor Canada, premiering this fall on Citytv. The highly-anticipated announcement was made earlier this morning on Breakfast Television, Rogers Radio stations across the country, and BachelorCanada.ca.
Smith, who grew up in small-town Hudson, QC, graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and went on to enjoy a successful career as a wide receiver with the Montreal Alouettes (2007), Toronto Argonauts (2007-2009), and Edmonton Eskimos (2010-2011). Currently a free agent, Smith is taking time off from sports to find true love. After living out his childhood dream on the football field, the charismatic bachelor is ready to settle down and find his soulmate, taking Canada along on his romantic journey.
Driven, confident, candid and comfortable in his own skin, Smith, who now makes Toronto his home, is looking to find the right woman who will complement both his fun-loving personality and active lifestyle. He is attracted to women who are independent, intelligent, and just as confident in a ponytail, sweatpants and sweatshirt as they are all dressed up for a night out on the town.
Off the football field, Smith values time with his family and friends more than anything, and looks up to his father, the Honourable Senator Larry Smith – former CFL Commissioner and former President and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes – as both a leader and a role model. His parents’ loving and committed relationship is an inspiration to him, as they prepare to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year.
Q&A with The Bachelor Canada:
Do you think you’ll meet your future wife on Bachelor Canada?
That’s the reason why I am going on the show! If I didn’t think that there was ability to find someone special for me, I wouldn’t be doing it!
Being Canadian, what do you hope the show will highlight to separate it from the other franchises?
Truly just that! Being Canadian. We tend to be a more laid back and carefree country who embraces our differences. I will definitely try and bring my carefree nature to the show!
What’s your strategy for ensuring you’re getting the most real/genuine version of these women?
Just being myself and ensuring that I make them comfortable enough to be themselves around me.
Do you anticipate proposing at the end of this experience?
I hope so. That’s the idea that makes me so excited about this entire process!