Sleds no snap for Chevrier

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

CALGARY - If Jesse Lumsden needs a sidekick for the Olympics in Sochi, he might find one in the Calgary Stampeders locker-room.

Long-snapper Randy Chevrier had a tryout with Canada's national bobsled program more than a decade ago and hasn't ruled out a return to the icy track.

"It's always something I've thought about," Chevrier said.

"I would still have to lose tons of weight, but I actually said to Jesse, 'I'm going to have to come out and run with you in the winter and stuff.' Obviously, he's doing it and he's experiencing success, which is great. It's a neat thing right now. He gets to play football and he gets to represent Canada.

"Maybe, if I slim down a little more, we'll see."

After Chevrier's tryout with the national program, the bobsled coaches told him he'd need to shave off about 40 lb. to have a future on ice, something he wasn't willing to tackle as he pursue a career in professional football.

The 34-year-old suited up for his 100th outing with the Stampeders last weekend against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, proving he made a wise decision. Chevrier owns a pair of Grey Cup rings, had NFL stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals and also spent some time with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.

Although Lumsden hasn't hit the football field since last July, when he suffered an injury in his first appearance as an Edmonton Eskimo, Chevrier has no doubts the two-sport athlete arrived at McMahon Stadium in tip-top shape.

"The thing about (bobsled training) is it translates to football. You've got to do lots of running, lots of power," Chevrier said.

Lumsden, 28, recently completed pilot training and intends to continue his bobsled career, but he's also been itching to return to the football field, and his new teammates are excited he chose to sign with the Stamps.

"Jesse is a phenomenal athlete. He's probably one of the best athletes that I've ever met that was Canadian, probably one of the greatest ever," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris.

"He brings so much to the table, so much potential."


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