Stampeders' Federkeil attempts unlikely comeback

It was so far, so good for Dan Federkeil at Stamps camp on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Darren...

It was so far, so good for Dan Federkeil at Stamps camp on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

CALGARY - Spending more than a decade coaching in the trenches, Calgary Stampeders offensive line coach Mike Gibson has seen it all.

Or at least he thought he had — until Dan Federkeil showed up.

“When I was in Winnipeg, I coached Moe Elewonibi, who’s a name from the past and an Outland Trophy winner (as best lineman in NCAA football in 1989), and he was out for about a year-and-a-half and retired and came back, but I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a guy who’s been away three years,” Gibson said following his first on-field look at the 6-foot-6, 290-lb. former Calgary Dinos defensive end turned Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Thursday on the opening day of Stamps rookie camp at McMahon Stadium.

“He’s just got to prove to himself that he can stay healthy and work himself through whatever little nicks he’s going to have from not being hit for (so long).”


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