Renegades offensive lineman Pascal Cheron returned to the team yesterday feeling like a new man.
And for good reason.
His family experienced a substantial growth spurt last week when his wife Vicki delivered twins -- a boy and a girl -- last week in Hamilton.
The births came only hours prior to Ottawa's game against the Argonauts in Toronto.
Cheron claimed the new arrivals have rejuvenated him like nothing has.
"I have a responsibility to put food on the table for them," he said. "I go to war for them now."
The twins, Mateo and Maya, arrived six weeks prematurely and will stay in a Hamilton hospital until the middle of November. The boy weighed 5 lb., 4 ounces and his sister was three ounces lighter
CONTACTED ON TRAIN
Cheron was travelling via train to Toronto with the Renegades when he received a call on his cell phone from his wife to tell him she was about to deliver.
When the train arrived at Toronto's Union Station, Cheron jumped into a cab, told the driver to head toward the QEW and to step on it.
"It was worth it, because I didn't have a second to lose," said Cheron, a former Tiger-Cats player, who paid $85 for the one-way fare.
He didn't practise on Monday, but stayed at home in Hamilton to take care of his two-year-old daughter, Kiona, while his wife went to the hospital to feed the infants.
"I'm very proud of her," Cheron said of his wife. "I'm never going to feel that kind of pain, even if I get a major fracture."
GRID BITS: Receiver Darryl Ray aggravated a hamstring injury at practice yesterday. "Poor guy," said Paopao. "He's probably done for the week." The Renegades are hurting at that position, with Pat Woodcock, David Azzi and Yo Murphy all hobbled by injury but not badly enough to miss Friday's key game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. "I've given them all a hall pass and told them to do what they can do," said Paopao ... The Renegades are offering a special one-shot deal for university and college students today only. Ticket reps will be on campus selling $25 packages for the team's remaining home games. Student ID is required.