Football in future for new Stamps dad

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

In Miguel Robede’s perfect world, he would keep playing long enough that his new son, Yorik, will see him competing in the CFL.

As of now, Robede is just happy to get the call to head back home for Thanksgiving.

When the Calgary Stampeders beat the Montreal Alouettes 46-21 last Friday, Robede was in Quebec with his girlfriend Veronique for the birth of their first child.

He could only watch the game on television, but he said it was worth leaving the team for a few days.

“It was energizing. I feel better now,” said the fifth-year Stamps veteran. “I was stressed because you are worrying about everything going well. When it went off without a hitch, my mind was clear.”

Robede returned to the team for Tuesday’s practice with the knowledge he can use the extra jump Monday at Molson Stadium.

Despite playing five years with the Stamps, the 2005 first-overall draft pick has only made one regular-season visit to Montreal.

Although he grew up in Val d’Or and now lives in a small town about three and half hours away from Montreal, the 29-year-old will have the most supporters at Molson Stadium among Stampeders suiting up.

By swapping road tickets with teammates, Robede managed to get 20 ducats for the game, although Veronique and Yorik won’t be there.

“I’ve had just one game there over the years,” Robede said. “It’s always good to see family because in the off-season, I’m so far that I can’t see them very often.”

Of course, Robede’s biggest game back in Montreal was the 2008 Grey Cup.

It really was a magical year for the Stamps and for Robede. After two seasons of fighting to make a name for himself in Denny Creehan’s system, the defensive tackle flourished under Chris Jones.

He recorded five sacks and, more importantly, dressed for every single game, including the two playoff outings.

The Grey Cup week in Montreal wasn’t a regular road trip, at least not to Robede.

“I went for supper at the beginning of the week when they dropped us off there,” Robede said. “The rest of the week, I tried to concentrate on the Grey Cup.

“That was more important than seeing family. It was the ultimate goal a lot of people haven’t reached so I put all my energy into that.”

Robede only played 11 games last season as he nursed some ailments, and he wasn’t on the roster for the Thanksgiving trip to Montreal.

This is an up-and-down year for him as well, as he was scratched for three games when Corey Mace arrived.

Maybe his life-changing event will turn things around.

Robede’s son came in at a whopping 10 lb. and four ounces, so football may be in Yorik’s future.

“I hope he’s not an o-lineman,” Robede said with a laugh. “I want him to be fast and athletic. He will do whatever he wants. I would like him to play football. He might end up playing hockey.

“I hope I can keep playing long enough to show him what I do.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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