MONTREAL – Chip Cox loves football so much that he will never be able to train…Dedicated to the sport, this former Aloette Honorary Player couldn’t stand the lack of rigor of some athletes.
Cox had an impressive career, from 2006 to 2018, dressed as the Alouettes. Carried by former general manager Cavis Reed after the 2018 season, Cox has not been in contact with any of Alwette’s captains again.
You can feel a tingling in Cox’s heart when this topic comes up. But the opportunity is perfect to address this since Cox, in his first year of eligibility, was elected among the 2022 classic models to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Presumably, the Montreal organization would do more to honor it than it deserves.
But above all, we tell ourselves that it would be a shame to forget Cox’s legacy. Far from being the most recent member of his team, this defense master had a lot to share.
“The thing to me is that if you watch me every day in my preparations, you can learn a lot. But if you just listen to me, you probably haven’t learned a lot of things. I wasn’t the one to say, ‘We have to do this or that this way,'” he described Cox during a video conference.
Perfectionist and competitive to the extreme, Cox used a novice trick to hone his craft. While training, he would always start in the last drills to see mistakes made by his teammates and to be inspired by those who excel.
“But as soon as match day came, I would go first. It was time to show what I could do,” Cox said.
It was intractable when I figured it out. He finished his career with 977 defensive tackles, including 115 in 2013 en route to the CFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
A second coaching career will impart this experience, except for that.
“I think about it, but football means so much to me that it can be difficult for me to become a coach. In the sense that football has had a huge impact on my life. I would have done a lot of stupid things, but I did not want to be deprived of it,” he said. Or not.
“My kids always ask me why I’m not a coach. They don’t know that explanation, but that’s the real reason,” added Cox, who will celebrate his 39th birthday on June 24, “but here’s the real reason. I’d be frustrated with those who weren’t 100% dedicated to the job.”
A father of four keeps a small door open. Perhaps wisdom will do its job over the years and he will be able to enter into this profession. In the meantime, Cox is still in excellent physical shape and has instead acquired a nine-hole golf course, owns a restaurant and gymnasium plus has begun training to become a police officer as he resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Chip Cox’s stand
In search of former General Manager Jim Pope, Cox needed time to agree to the plan that would catapult his career to the top. Bob lured him to Canadian soil to hire him as a full-back on the wide side, a position akin to a fifth-back.
“I didn’t want to. I was coming from the States and didn’t know anything about CFL. When I was a beginner, I said I wasn’t interested, it just wasn’t up to me,” he said.
In 2009, Popp released TJ Hill and returned with defensive coordinator Tim Burke. Cox feared that he would suffer the same fate if he failed to replace him appropriately.
“Jim reminded me that he hired me for this role. When your general manager tells you he needs you there, you do everything you can for the group. At first, I was against the idea, but I understood,” said Cox, who dreamed of a similar mandate in the NFL. That this position was taken for me.
Bob was right and Cox helped the Alouettes reach another level. It is not in vain that our colleague Pierre Firchfall referred to this situation several times as that of Chip Cox. His confidence helped the Montreal club savor the conquest of the Gray Cup in 2009 and 2010. His favorite memories came during his second crown.
“There’s a picture where Billy Parker and I are standing with our arms around our necks. If you look at our face, it means ‘We did it again!’ His objection had just confirmed our victory. But this picture means so much more than that, it brings tears to my eyes. And he testified Cox, “We were the better team, the pressure was on our shoulders and we got it right again.”
For accomplishing this climb, Cox is very grateful for the support received through Davis Sanchez and Anwar Stewart. Two of his teammates taught him how to become a pro while being able to have fun. Training-wise, Chris Jones and Mark Triestman are showing off and adding the name Bob in this group.
Jones made him understand “there was something good for me in the CFL, in Canada.” As for Bob, he was able to make up for it financially while the NFL is still attracting him.
The other strong bond was the one that weaved with the revolutionaries. Despite his reserved personality, he has established himself as a favorite with the Montreal crowd.
“I loved the fans. They loved and accepted me, they were very respectful. They understood that I wasn’t really attention-seeking, I just wanted to play football. I couldn’t have asked for a better fan,” Cox said aptly.
The American wore soccer gear of late and did not receive the highest acclaim at the college level. But, although he never played for glory and honor, this early induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame means a lot to him.
“It means a lot, it’s true. I knew that the day I had the chance, I wouldn’t lose my place on Earth. It validates it all, it’s like ice on a sundae. It took time, but I get my appreciation,” Cox concluded. , which was interesting to hear a lot in an interview.
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