Chevrier drinks from fountain of youth

IAN BUSBY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

For all the time Dad spends with the tractor tire, five-year-old Luke wanted a spin, too.

When Randy Chevrier works on the tire though, he's not getting rolled around in it like Luke was on Sunday morning at McMahon Stadium.

Generally when the tire is brought out after Calgary Stampeders practice, Chevrier is picking it up and tossing it around to keep his 36-year-old body in playing condition.

"He still works out like a kid, which is insane," kicker Rob Maver said about his long-snapper. "He does hard work after practice and then comes into the locker-room just dripping sweat on all my stuff.

"It's easy to see why he has played all these years."

On Father's Day, Chevrier's family showed up for a post-practice visit, drawing a crowd of players to hang out with Luke, Brett, 3, and Kyle, who will be one on July 3, and their superwoman mother Tania.

For the father of that brood, being with his kids keeps him young, which is especially important when he goes to work.

He's a Dad at home, but when he gets into a locker-room full of 20-somethings, Chevrier is more big brother than father figure.

In his 12th pro football training camp, the veteran has experienced everything possible in this game, and he's the mentor for some young players, especially Maver (26) and sophomore kicker Rene Paredes (27).

"I try to give out some advice when I can," Chevrier said. "What I learned is most dads dealing with guys this age don't get through to the guys because this is the age when they know everything.

"I pick my spots. You don't want to play the old-guy card every time. When I can help a young guy and I see he could use a boost, I do my best to help him."

This off-season, with the trade of 37-year-old quarterback Henry Burris, Chevrier became the oldest active player on the roster. There are actually three coaches younger than him.

Since Maver arrived with the Stamps in 2010, he and Chevrier have become close friends, but the young kicker doesn't make fun of the 'old guy.'

It could be a sign of respect. It's hard to last this long in pro football.

"My success relies on his performance, so I don't want him to hold a grudge against me," Maver said with a laugh about the guy throwing him the ball on punts.

"I keep telling him he's the most jacked long-snapper in the league and things go smooth. He's not THAT much older than me, but he has taught me a lot."

When Paredes came to the Stamps last season straight off an open tryout to replace the injured Maver, Chevrier made the rookie feel welcome. Chevrier quickly created a nickname for the Venezuelan-born Paredes, although it didn't stick, and Paredes joined the post-practice kickball game.

"He was so cool with me," Paredes said. "The whole Matador thing came up. He was trying to take my butterflies away. He fools around all the time.

"I see how much time he's been here and how much time he survived and that's my goal."

Extra points

There was good news on the injury front Sunday as C Jon Gott returned to practice after missing most of camp with concussion symptoms "¦ The Stamps made more cuts Sunday, letting non-import OL John Bender, non-import LB Justin Conn, import DB Brent Vinson and import R Joe West go.

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