A popular sports personality recognized for his involvement with young people, Étienne Boulay is a former star player for the Montréal Alouettes and Vrak.tv host with an impressive track record. Born in Montréal’s Ahuntsic neighbourhood on March 10, 1983, Étienne Boulay went to high school at Collège Jean-Eudes, in Rosemont, where football was his favourite sport. Playing football allowed him to reach great heights and earn significant athletic scholarships that led him from Connecticut to the University of New Hampshire.
In 2006, Étienne Boulay was drafted by the Canadian Football League’s Montréal Alouettes. In 2008, he signed a professional contract with the New York Jets, but his New York adventure lasted only a few months. He returned to the Alouettes that same season and participated in his team’s Grey Cup victories in 2009 and 2010. He won a third Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts in 2013.
Étienne retired from football in June 2014 with the intention of focusing on his media career. It was a smart bet. Les Testeurs, the show he has been co-hosting with Patrice Bélanger on VRAK télé since 2011, has made him a star with young people. The youth niche suited him well, but Étienne never lost sight of his greatest passion. He began working as an NFL game analyst on television and hosting the documentary series Génies de l’extrême, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the worlds of extreme sports, civil engineering, construction and mechanics.
In publishing Touchdown in the fall of 2015, his first youth novel that quickly topped the bestseller lists, Étienne once again displayed his qualities as a versatile player. The end of 2015 was very busy for the host, who gave a series of conferences across the province while working on his new blog, Ma famille, mon chaos, which launched at the end of summer 2015 and has met with great success.
In 2016, Étienne became co-host of the Canal Vie show Papas à 110% and published his second children’s book, Touchdown Tome 2 in November.