Als honour Proudfoot
You better have one good reason to walk out on Coach Marc Trestman from a team meeting. Leaving the Als' lockerroom to get to the Team Proudfoot Walk to Tackle A.L.S. was that reason Sunday morning.
Alouettes Scott Flory, John Bowman, JP Bekasiak and Brandon London joined hundreds of Montrealers to salute the memory of the Als' former #23 Tony Proudfood, as well as numerous others on hand fighting the ravages of the incureable and fatal Lou Gehrig's Disease.
London climbed onto the stage to encourage all the fundraising marchers and wheelchair rollers, despite having suffered a sprained knee in Thursday night's game against the Ti-Cats. London says though he could not walk Saturday, he's bouncing back well, though is expected to miss the next 2 games which both happen to be against the defending Grey Cup champion BC Lions. (Hear the Als' next game live on CJAD 800 starting Friday night at 7PM with the Countdown to Opening Kickoff live from Molson Stadium.)
Listen to Alouette quarterback star Anthony Calvillo and his allstar bodyguard Flory talk about the inspiration of their former coach and CJAD's longtime football analyst. You can also see the Proudfoot Mosaic that reminds the Als before every meeting of the dedication that was Tony Proudfoot.
You can also hear the crowd join me in shouting out the words that Tony hoped would help you get through any adversity: "Suck it Up!"
CJAD's current football expert Ed Philion, coached by Tony in 2001, also walked in support of the cause. (You'll see Ed pictured with his wife Anne and 1 of the Philion boys).