Childs battles with big dogs

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

His first CFL team folded before he had a chance to attend training camp.

Then Henri Childs landed in Winnipeg where he must beat out the likes of Charles Roberts, the CFL's leading rusher last season, and ex-NFLer Onterrio Smith for a job at tailback. Among others.

"I can't really worry about them, I can only worry about myself and what I can do," said Childs, a surprise late-round pick in the dispersal draft of Ottawa Renegades players.

"I can only go out here and run routes the way I can run routes. If that's what they're going to do anyway, I really can't worry about it. All I can do is take it in stride and work hard, show everybody out here what I can do."

But at least he does have a training camp to attend after watching the Ottawa demise.

Kind of nervous

"It was a sudden change," he said. "I got kind of nervous when the team folded, obviously. But this is the same work and I've got to look at it the same way. I'm here to do what I can do and just work hard, really, and show them what I can do."

The versatile 6-foot-2, 220-pound Colorado State product has been impressive in camp, aided by the late arrival of Roberts and the injury that has sidelined Smith.

"He's real good and has been a real solid individual in everything we're asking him to do," said Bombers head coach Doug Berry.

Childs, 26, also played wide receiver, tight end, kick returner and was even the team's emergency quarterback in college. He was signed by Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent in 2003 and assigned to NFL Europe in 2004.

However, he was out of football last season as he pursued a modeling career. As a model, Childs made a few TV commercials in the U.S.

"You get to do a little acting here and there, it's a good time," he said.

But no, he never spent any time strutting on any catwalks.


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