Alumni Spotlight: Randy Chevrier
A position with the Calgary Fire Department is just the latest vocational pursuit for Randy Chevrier.
During his 15-year professional football career – including 11 seasons with the Stampeders – Chevrier’s off-field work included stints as a substitute teacher, the operator of a boot camp for weekend athletes, a realtor and a salesman for BBQ accessories.
In a way, it was a reflection of his diversified playing career as the Montreal native saw action as a defensive lineman, an offensive lineman and even a fullback before settling into the long-snapper’s position.
Somehow, Chevrier found time for plenty of other interests, too. For instance, he co-hosted a weekly radio program with former teammate Sheldon Napastuk.
He also dove headlong into charity work, so much so that in 2014 he presented the Stamps’ Herm Harrison Memorial Award and the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Memorial Award for his contributions to the community.
Chevrier was honoured for his extensive involvement in the community including his service as team spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society and the team’s spokesman for the annual PinkPower game. Spurred by his personal experiences – his mother is a cancer survivor and a close cousin lost her battle with the disease – Chevrier attacked his role with gusto, running contests on social media and organizing a number of events including a Tickled Pink comedy night/fundraiser.
Chevrier was also involved with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, minor football, CUPS and the Alberta Children’s Hospital, among other causes.
Though he started his CFL career in Edmonton and ended it in Saskatchewan, the bulk of his playing days were spent with the Stamps and it was in Calgary he and his wife Tania and their three sons chose to make their permanent home.
Over 11 seasons from 2005 to 2015, Chevrier played a total of 178 regular-season contests for the Stamps, tying Hall-of-Famer Wayne Harris for eighth place on the franchise’s all-time list.
Chevrier won three Grey Cups including the 2008 and 2014 titles as a member of the Stamps. He was also part of the Eskimos’ Grey Cup team in 2003. In addition to his lengthy time in the CFL, Chevrier played a total of 13 NFL games for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys and also spent time with the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe.
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