McGill grad Randy Chevrier wins CFL’s Tom Pate Award for sportsmanship and community service

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Former McGill star Randy Chevrier celebrates 2009 Grey Cup victory at Olympic Stadium

Randy Chevrier

MONTREAL — Randy Chevrier, a McGill University grad and current player with the Calgary Stampeders, has been awarded the Canadian Football League’s Tom Pate Memorial Award for his outstanding sportsmanship and contribution to his team and his community. Chevrier, a 38-year-old native of St. Leonard, Que., now in his 14th professional season, wore his lucky McGill football tie for the CFL awards banquet in Vancouver, Thursday.

VIDEO OF CHEVRIER’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

“I do believe that it’s a privilege to play professional sports. The platform we have with young and old alike can’t be matched,” said Chevrier who won Grey Cup rings with the Stampeders in 2008 and the Edmonton Eskimos in 2003. “Anything we do, I realize the platform we have. I hope to convey that to the younger guys we have, to realize that it’s more than just football.”

The 6-foot-2, 251-pound defensive lineman and long-snapper only began playing organized football as an 18-year old at Vanier College in Montreal. He went on to star for five seasons with the McGill Redmen before being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft and was also picked fifth overall by Edmonton in the 2001 CFL Draft.

Chevrier, who was born in Montreal on June 6, 1976, attended McGill from 1996 to 2000 and collected 23 major awards during his collegiate career. He was the first player in school history to receive the J.P. Metras trophy as the most outstanding lineman in Canadian university football in 2000 and was one of two CIS players selected to play in the East-West Shrine game, a showcase designed for graduating NCAA seniors. He played 40 regular season games with the Redmen and recorded 157 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks.

In 2001, he attended training camp with the Jaguars before joining the Dallas Cowboys and then the Cincinnati Bengals. Chevrier attended training camp with the Bengals in 2002 and was allocated to the NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons and also attended training camp with the New York Jets in 2004.

He joined the Eskimos in 2005 and played there for two seasons before signing with the Stampeders, where he has been for 10 years,

Chevrier serves as the Stamps club representative to the Canadian Cancer Society. He has started a number of community-based initiatives, including a weekly hospital visits program, an Anti-Bullying campaign, and a “Tickled Pink” event which annually raises thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. He is also a substitute teacher, a high school and youth football coach, and a minor hockey coach. He was formerly the rep for the Every Yard Counts program with the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Prior to choosing to pursue a professional football career, Chevrier had a tryout with Bobsleigh Canada. He met his wife Tania at McGill, where she was a member of the women’s varsity volleyball team and the couple has three children Luke, Brett and Kyle.

Career highlights

  • A Grey Cup champion with the Stampeders in 2008 and with the Eskimos in 2003
  • Played his 100th career CFL game on Aug. 8, 2009, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Played his 150th career CFL game on Aug. 9, 2012, against Hamilton
  • Suited up for his 100th game as a Stampeder on Sept. 17, 2010, against Saskatchewan
  • Suited up in his 125th game as a Stampeder on Nov. 5, 2011, against Winnipeg
  • Dropped Ottawa’s Kerry Joseph on July 31, 2003, for his first-career sack
  • His first CFL interception came on Sept. 9, 2005, against Edmonton
  • Made a one-yard reception for first-career touchdown against Saskatchewan on Sept. 15, 2007
  • Picked up his second-career touchdown with a one-yard reception against Winnipeg on Nov. 5, 2010
  • Started his Stamps career with a 53-game ironman streak that ended with the final contest of 2007. He has since played 54 games in a row
  • Played the entire 2006 season with a broken hand and snapped all of the team’s punts and field goals with his hand in a cast
  • In a game during the 2010 season, he punted the ball once, sending the kick an impressive 52 yards downfield

SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.)
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