Stamp would miss Big Chill

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Fred Childress wasn't in the mood yesterday to talk about his future.

Thankfully, Jeff Pilon was more than willing to discuss the former Stampeders offensive lineman's past.

Pilon, Childress' teammate with the Stamps for three years (2001-03), was surprised to learn the Saskatchewan Roughriders guard is expected to retire after his 13th CFL season.

"I think Fred can still play, I don't know why he's retiring," said Pilon, the Stamps starting right tackle.

"Everybody feels (sore) on off days but Fred comes out and Fred plays. He's still a great offensive lineman."

Pilon said Childress, 40, was never a mentor during their days together in Calgary but a constant source of inspiration.

"Just his toughness and his presence," Pilon recalled. "He always comes out and plays hard. He's been around a long time and what he brought to the young guys was the urgency to play hard every play."

Childress and Pilon won a Grey Cup together in 2001.

Childress, who declined interview requests, put his '01 Grey Cup ring up for sale earlier this season at a local pawn shop.


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