J.T. was raised in Alexandria, Ontario – a small town in eastern Ontario half way between Ottawa and Montreal. Very active at a young age in all sports, he started his football career playing junior and senior football at Glengarry District High School as a defensive back, place kicker and punter. He attended a high school camp with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1972 and 1974. From there he played for the Ottawa Sooners of the Ontario Football League and was a member of the 1974 Canadian Junior Football Championship Sooner squad and All Ontario All-Star in 1974.
J.T. turned pro with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1978 and in his rookie season was the leading scorer in the Eastern Football Conference with 136 points. He was traded to Calgary in 1979 where he enjoyed his 10 years with the Stampeders, finishing his career in 1988. He was Calgary’s nominee as top Canadian in 1982, Western Conference All-Star in 1986 and never missed a convert in his career spanning 11 seasons with Ottawa and Calgary. J.T. was inducted into the Calgary Stampeders Wall of Fame in 2006.
He has been very active in the Calgary community during his career and afterward as well. J.T. served as Vice President and President of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni. J.T. lives in Calgary and is married with two daughters. He is now a realtor with Remax Mountainveiw specializing in residential real estate in Calgary and the area .