Robede to tackle fatherhood

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Any minute now, Miguel Robede's life will change forever.

So it's a blessing in disguise he's not in the lineup for the Calgary Stampeders.

Robede's longtime girlfriend, Veronique, is expecting the couple's first child in the next few days, and the fifth-year defensive tackle will head to Quebec sometime this weekend.

He could leave as early as Thursday night, and the Stamps will play Friday in Regina.

"I told her to force herself so I could make it back for practice next week," said Robede with a laugh.

"I don't want her to get induced. As soon as her water breaks, I will be calling coach (John Hufnagel) and Pat (Clayton, the team's trainer) to see if I can go."

It's a matter of a weird circumstance that Robede hasn't played for two weeks and is out for the meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Heading into Labour Day, he caught a nasty flu bug that kept him out of practice all week.

That forced newcomer Corey Mace into the lineup for the win against the Edmonton Eskimos.

There was a short turnaround for the Friday rematch in Edmonton, so the Stampeders kept the same roster.

Robede would be available this week, but head coach Hufnagel wants to rotate between Robede and Mace the rest of the season.

However, with a visit to Quebec to play the Montreal Alouettes (where most of Robede's family resides), Hufnagel altered the rotation so Robede could play at home.

"They are both good football players," Hufnagel said.

"I wanted to play Miguel in Montreal, so to do that, we had to adjust the rotation. That's why Corey is in now. If the Montreal game was a week sooner, Miguel would be playing this week.

"Who knew that Miguel would be sick for three days? Corey was rushed a week. We were very fortunate with that."

Robede appreciates the gesture, and the support of being able to leave for the birth, as well.

"It's nice. They all know I have a lot of family in Quebec and nobody comes out here to see me play," Robede said.

"It's good for me and my family."

Robede is excited for his family to expand. The couple is expecting a boy, but they haven't chosen a name just yet.

"I talked to Randy (Chevrier) about it, and he said you realize how big it is when you have the baby in your arms rather than just knowing she's pregnant," Robede said.

As for his standing with the Stamps, Robede accepts playing half the time.

He's battled some shoulder issues, and the extra time off will help with allowing it heal properly.

"I will do what they ask me to do," Robede said.

"We do everything we can, and we win, so as long as it stays like that everything will be good. I have to fill the role they want.

"Corey's a young guy, and he deserves a chance," Robede said.

"They recruited him, so they have to see how good he is. That's part of football."


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