Former CFL stars are paying tribute to another, as they prepare to welcome 2011.
Former Montreal Alouettes’ and B.C. Lions’ defensive back Tony Proudfoot succumbed to ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” Thursday.
A fellow CFL all-star during his playing days, long-time Eskimos’ linebacker Danny Kepley admired a lot of qualities in Proudfoot, both on and off the field.
“He battled that horrendous disease the same way he battled on the football field,” said Kepley, who learned of Proudfoot’s death Friday morning. “He did it with class and with dignity. He was not going to quit. He was not going to give up on football or ALS, and unfortunately, some times you win and some times you lose, and (this time), Tony lost one.”
Kepley recalls the many battles his Eskimos had with Montreal in the Grey Cup.