Longtime long-snapper Randy Chevrier is announcing his retirement from the Canadian Football League as a member of the Calgary Stampeders.
The Montreal native’s career started with 23 games over the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos and he finished his playing days with three games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016, but the vast majority of his career was spent with the Red and White. 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.
“I was blessed to play professional football for 16 years,” said Chevrier. “To every teammate I’ve ever played with, I hope you felt that I treated you like a brother. I have much love and respect for every teammate I ever played with – thanks for your positive impact in my life and on my career. I have had the opportunity to play for three proud CFL franchises each with their own unique and rich history. Thanks to the Eskimos, Stampeders and Roughriders for giving a kid from Montreal a lifetime of memories right here in the Wild West.
“To the the great city of Calgary, the Stampeders and the fans, sincerest thanks for everything. I am truly honoured to call this place my home. Finally, and most importantly of all, I want to thank my wife Tania for her loyalty, love and dedication in my triumphs and especially in my many failures. My career would never have been possible if not for her.”
“Chevy was a solid performer in a very underappreciated role for many, many years,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel, who coached Chevrier for eight seasons from 2008-15. “He was an excellent teammate, a great family man and also an active and passionate member of the community. On behalf of the entire Stampeders organization, I thank Chevy for all of his contributions on and off the field and wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.”
Chevrier saw action as a defensive lineman early in his career before settling into a full-time long-snapper role in 2008. He also saw occasional duty in the Stamps’ short-yardage packages and had two career touchdown catches.
In 2014, Chevrier won the Stamps’ Herm Harrison Memorial Award and the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Memorial Award for his extensive involvement in the community including his service as team spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society as well as his work with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, CUPS and the Alberta Children’s Hospital, among other causes.
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