Where are they now?

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

TIM TINDALE

BUFFALO BILLS PLAYER

Tim Tindale wants to apologize to anybody who tried to cross the Peace Bridge when he was there in the mid-1990s.

As a fullback and special teams ace for the Buffalo Bills from 1995-97, the native of London, Ont., discovered the powerful grip the NFL team has on the region every time he attempted to clear customs.

"The worst was at the border," Tindale, 33, said. "You would be holding up 50 cars because the border guard would want to talk football with you."

Now six years removed from his playing career, the University of Western Ontario graduate rarely talks football, unless someone brings up the subject. The father of two young daughters and husband of his high-school sweetheart, Tindale lives on a 52-acre farm near Campbellville and runs a five-person construction company, Tindale Custom Build.

"I really enjoy it," said Tindale, who builds higher-end homes and condos. "It was a struggle at the beginning and it was tough to get jobs, but now we're getting referrals from clients and we're turning down work."

The two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner was cut by the Bills after Wade Phillips replaced Marv Levy as coach in 1998. Tindale then signed with the Chicago Bears, but his fourth knee surgery forced him to leave football. His knees aren't great today and he plans to take off the tool belt and concentrate on administrative duties in the near future.

"I couldn't even watch a second of (football) right after I retired," Tindale said. "It wasn't a great feeling to be told you have to retire. I still get a little worked up watching it. I wish I could have played a bit longer. At that time (he was playing), that's all I knew. That's your whole life and then it's over."

But Tindale still has fond memories of playing under Levy, who helped sign him as an undrafted free agent. Tindale scored one touchdown in his career -- a 44-yard rush against the visiting Miami Dolphins in a 1995 wild-card playoff game.

"I was a big part of special teams and the coaches asked me if I wanted to sit the next play out because they figured I was probably tired," Tindale said of his TD scamper. "But I went out there and made the tackle. That felt even better."


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