Stamps join community in sympathy

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders joined the rest of the football community yesterday in mourning the death of San Francisco 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion.

Stamps d-lineman Sheldon Napastuk couldn't believe it happened after a game.

"That's awful," he said. "I don't know if it's a problem with hydration or if guys are getting overworked in camp, workout routines or supplement problems."

Because of Herrion's size -- 6 ft. 3 in., 310 lb. -- questions immediately arise about the enormous strain on large men in football. Even players in the CFL can tip the scales at 300 lb. Herrion had been listed as high as 330 lb. in the past.

"But 330 is not that big," Napastuk said. "The guys I go against average about 320. You look at genetics and these guys can carry 330 easily. I carry about 295 and there's guys with a lot bigger frames than I have."

Stampeders defensive-co-ordinator Denny Creehan doesn't like having players who weigh more than 300 lb.

"The weights are so artificial now," Creehan said. "It's a lot of fat weight and it's not healthy. It's not good for the long-term health. I would really like to have a guy who's in great shape and weighs 290.

"It's gotten too far out of hand.

"It is a tragedy and your heart really goes out the families."


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