May 18, 2004 - (Calgary) Today the Calgary Stampeder Football Club announced the official retirement of veteran Stampeder Offensive Lineman Fred Childress. One of Freds most memorable moments came at the end of the 1998 season; He played in all 18 regular season games, the west final and the Grey Cup. In his 3rd season Fred was named Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL for the first time in his career. The Stampeders would go on to win their 4th championship in Stampeder history and the first of two Grey Cup rings for Fred.
Fred Childress # 68
College: University of Arkansas
HT: 6'5" WT: 330 lbs
Born: September 17, 1966
Birthplace: West Helena, Arkansas
Residence: Calgary, Alberta
CFL Experience 10 seasons
Games Played: Regular Season 151; Semi-Final 4; West Final 5; Grey Cup - 3
Stampeder Experience: 8 seasons
Games Played: Regular Season 123; West Semi-Final 3; West Final 5; Grey Cup- 3
Has played in 151 regular season career CFL games
9 playoff games
including 5 West Finals and 2 Grey Cup games
has played in 98 career regular season games as a Stampeder
re-signed a new contract with the Stampeders on April 3, 2002
his professional career began in 1989 as a second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals
waived prior to the start of the season
had stints with the Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns
before signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1994
was transferred to the Shreveport Pirates in 1994
playing in 12 games with the expansion Pirates
1995 played with the Birmingham Barracudas
and in 1996 signed with the Stampeders as a free agent
represented the West as the Leagues Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1997 and 1998
being named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL for his outstanding play in 1998
signed with the Dallas Cowboys in the off-season prior to the start of the 1999 season
was released by the Cowboys in September
re-joined the Stampeders on September 14, 1999
has made the West Division All-Star team 6 times in his career
was named to the CFLPAs All-Star team in 2000 for the fifth consecutive season.
Childress would start the season in fine form
playing in the first 8 regular season games
however on August 8 vs the B.C. Lions Fred would leave the game with a lower back injury
this injury ended the season for Fred missing the next 10 games.
Played in 17 regular season games
missed his first ever start with the Stampeders Week 2 in Regina against the Roughriders
sidelined for one game with an injury to his leg that was sustained late in the fourth quarter in the opening game loss to the Edmonton Eskimos
once again was a key component in running back Kelvin Anderson setting a new CFL record of 7 consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards rushing and its no coincidence that Big Chill and Anderson have been teamed together for those 7 campaigns.
Played in 18 regular season games
the West Semi-Final
West Final and the Grey Cup Championship
capturing his second Grey Cup ring with the 27-19 win over the Bombers
at training camp was moved from the guard position to the tackle position
was one of the real leaders this season for the Red and White
was named team captain at the start of the season by his teammates
was named to the West Division All-Star team for the 6th time in his career
once again a key factor in running back Kelvin Anderson recording his 6th consecutive 1,000 yard season.
Played in all 18 regular season games
plus the Western Final against the B.C. Lions
was named the teams representative as their Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
for the third time in five seasons
was named to the Division All-Star team for the fifth time in his career
once again a key factor in running back Kelvin Anderson rushing for his 5th consecutive 1,000 yard season
once again with teammate Thomas Rayam was used on defence in 3rd and short situations as well on long field goal attempts by the opposing team .
Played in 8 regular season games
both playoff games and the 1999 Grey Cup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
stabilized the play of the offensive line after returning from the Dallas Cowboys
was one of the last cuts of the NFL team
once back in the line-up he continually opened holes for running back Kelvin Anderson
enroute to his 4th consecutive 1,000 yard season
joined the team for the 11th game of the regular season.
Played in 18 regular season games
the West Final and the Grey Cup
the third year Stampeder had an outstanding season
being named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the CFL for the first time in his career
it was the second consecutive season that he represented the West as the top O lineman
anchored an offensive line that produced its third consecutive 1,000 yard rusher in Kelvin Anderson
on September 11 in Edmonton entered the game for one play on defense with the Stampeder jumbo unit
he plugged the hole and prevented Eskimo quarterback David Archer from converting the third down gamble late in the game
sealing the Stampeder victory
being named All-Canadian for the third straight season.
At the start of the season was moved to strong side guard
was named All-Canadian for the third straight year
represented the West as the leagues Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
game in and game out provided quarterback Jeff Garcia with great protection and running back Kelvin Anderson with gapping holes.
Signed with the Stampeders as a free agent
started every game at tackle
named All-Canadian for the first time in his career.
Played all 18 regular season games with the Birmingham Barracudas
named to the Southern Division All-Star team at offensive tackle.
Originally signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a free agent in March
spent the season with the Shreveport Pirates
earning his teams nomination as both Outstanding Player and Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
A four-year player at the University of Arkansas
actually began his freshman year as a defensive lineman
selected as a 2nd team All-American by the Poor Mans Guide to the NFL Draft and College and Pro Football Weekly as a senior in 1988.
Lives year round in Calgary with his family.