D-Max a family man

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

As much as Demetrious Maxie wants to perform for the 11 players around him, there's two more in the stands he's thinking about when he straps on the pads.

A dedicated family man, the Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman isn't shooting for awards, accolades or even sacks anymore. He's going out every day in practice and games with the thought of putting on a show for his children, Dominic, 8, and Miranda, 4.

"When I'm on the field, I'm playing for them," said the powerful but laid-back lineman. "I'm not just playing for myself anymore. I just want to hear them say, 'Daddy, you're great.' I have to hear that every once in a while to make sure I know I'm doing good."

Maxie is in the midst of his 12th CFL season and third with the Stamps but after all the moving from team to team, he finally feels like he's in a good place, both professionally and personally.

The family's off-season home is in Phoenix but the entire clan enjoys living in Calgary during the summer months.

The best thing about having his kids at the games means Maxie won't have to tell tall tales about his playing career when they get older. They see Dad terrorize opposing quarterbacks every other week at McMahon Stadium.

"My son has been with me watching me play ever since he was born ," said Maxie. "I had him when I was 22. I'm happy that I had kids young.

"Once they get into high school and stuff, I'll get to do a lot of things with my wife in terms of travelling. I really haven't been able to do that with the kids.

"We've moved around a lot but I've been fortunate to have my family with me along the way."

So when Maxie is away from the team, you could find him playing games with this kids. D-Max is just a big kid at heart anyway but more often than not the game of choice is baseball.

"Dominic's a baseball player," said Maxie. "He can do that year-round. He already has dad's strength and he's about shoulder height at eight years old. He takes after my younger brother who's about six-four."

Maxie's CFL career has taken him to Baltimore, Toronto, Montreal, Saskatchewan and finally Calgary. That includes NFL stops along the way in Chicago, Buffalo and, last year, San Francisco.

But at 31, he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"I feel like I'm a 20-year-old. I'll play as long as they let me stay," Maxie said. "If they say I can stay until I'm 50, then I'll stay that long. You can only do this as long as the organization and your body say so."

If one was to meet Maxie off the field, the impression you would get is this doesn't seem to be same man who ferociously pushes around offensive lineman on the turf.

"It's like living like two lives," Maxie said with a chuckle. "When I'm at home, my kids keep me patient. When I'm out there on the field, I'm trying to support them by doing the things I have to do."

Which is sacking quarterbacks, stuffing the run and being an all-round leader on the field. Just what everyone is counting on.

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BIO BLITZ

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

DEMETRIOUS MAXIE

AGE -- 31.

BORN -- Shreveport, La.

FAMILY -- Wife, Maria, son Dominic, 8, daughter Miranda, 4.

YEARS IN CFL -- 12.

PREVIOUS CFL STOPS -- Baltimore (1995), Toronto (1996-99, 2002), Montreal (1996), Saskatchewan (2000-01).

TITLES -- Grey Cup, Montreal ('95), Toronto (1996-97).

DID YOU KNOW -- Has had stints in the NFL with Chicago, Buffalo and San Francisco ... Has a career-high 11 sacks in a season.


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