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'Follow Me' heads to Vancouver
November 6th, 2013 1:44AM
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[VIDEO PICK: Jay DeMerit] KickTV's new series, "Follow Me," profiles Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit. This isn't the story, told many times, of his climb from the 12th division in England to the Premiership, but of his life in Vancouver.

(Click here for the video: Jay DeMerit Loves Brett Favre, Paints 'Conradinho'.)

DeMerit grew up idolizing Brett Favre in Green Bay and says growing up in the most Canadian of states, Wisconsin, made it easy to adjust to life in Vancouver, where he lives with his wife, Canadian Olympic ski cross gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor.

DeMerit's career appeared to be over when he tore his Achilles tendon six minutes into the opening game of the season but he recovered to start as the 'Caps made an unsuccessful push to return to the playoffs. The 33-year-old defender says the key was he didn't let his injury take control of him.

"A lot of times when guys get injured," he said, "they seem to cater to that injury or let that injury dictate them. I was very determined to not do that and make sure I was controlling it."

He says there's more to soccer and enjoys hanging out after games with family and friends and shows off his talent as an artist.

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