Sebastian Clovis

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Sebastian Clovis
Born: (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 40)
London, England
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight206 lb (93 kg)
UniversitySaint Mary's
CFL draft2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 34
Drafted byBC Lions
Career history
As player
2005–2007BC Lions
2008Saskatchewan Roughriders
Awards2006 Grey Cup Champion, 2003 and 2004 CIS All-Canadian, 2001 and 2002 Vanier Cup Champion and OFSAA gold medalist
Career stats
  • Playing stats at (archive)

Sebastian James Clovis (born September 1, 1979) is a Canadian television personality and former Canadian Football League player, who played free safety for the BC Lions in their Grey Cup championship 2006 season.[1] He is currently known as an HGTV home renovation host, appearing on the television series Tackle My Reno, Save My Reno and Home to Win.[2]


Born in London, England, Clovis migrated to Canada with his family when he was six years old.[3] He grew up in the east end of Toronto, in his family home where he was first introduced to carpentry and building. He is the eldest of five siblings; his brother Tristan Clovis was also a Canadian Football League player for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[4]

Clovis attended the all-boys Catholic high school, Neil McNeil High School, where he was a competitive athlete in track & field and football,[5] which he pursued after school with the Scarborough Thunder Football Club.[3] In his final year of high school, he attended Senator O'Connor College School where he played on the senior boys football team.

College career[edit]

Clovis received a scholarship to Mississippi State University and later transferred to Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he played for their football team, the Huskies.[6]

CFL career[edit]

Clovis was drafted by the BC Lions in the 2005 CFL draft.[7] After being sidelined with a torn ACL in the 2005 season,[3] he came back to play all 18 games with the Lions during their 2006 Grey Cup winning season. Suffering another season-ending injury midway through the 2007 season, he was forced to rehabilitate from a second ACL tear.[8] Returning from reconstructive knee surgery for a second time, he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers,[9] but transferred the Saskatchewan Roughriders midseason[10] and remained with the Roughriders for the rest of his CFL playing career.[11]

TV career[edit]

After retiring from football, Clovis trained as a construction contractor. He debuted as the host of Tackle My Reno in 2014,[12] and continues to cohost the spinoff series Save My Reno with Sabrina Smelko.[13]


  1. ^ "2006 Grey Gup Champs". The Province, November 20, 2006.
  2. ^ "Former CFL Star Sebastian Clovis Coaches Homeowners Through DIY Fumbles In ‘Tackle My Reno’". ET Canada, August 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Clovis tries to beat the odds again". The Globe and Mail, June 8, 2006.
  4. ^ "Winner goes to the Grey Cup". Daily Gleaner, November 10, 2006.
  5. ^ "Clovis splashes to hurdles mark". Toronto Star, June 4, 1995.
  6. ^ "Ex-teammates line up in CIS football matchup". Brantford Expositor, November 15, 2002.
  7. ^ "Cautious Lions pass on mammoth lineman". Vancouver Sun, April 29, 2005.
  8. ^ "Clovis brothers celebrate family reunion Friday night". East York Mirror, July 11, 2007.
  9. ^ "Introducing Mr. Clovis". Winnipeg Free Press, February 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "Injuries continue to pile up". Regina Leader-Post, August 5, 2008.
  11. ^ "A Canadian likely to play cornerback". Regina Leader-Post, June 1, 2009.
  12. ^ "Ex-Rider Clovis tackles home renos". Regina Leader-Post, August 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "HGTV focuses on renos, backyards in new shows". Ottawa Citizen, July 23, 2016.

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