Fred Childress
Born: (1966-09-17) September 17, 1966 (age 57)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight345 lb (156 kg)
NFL draft1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Drafted byCincinnati Bengals
Career history
As player
1991New England Patriots (NFL)
1992Cleveland Browns (NFL)
1994Shreveport Pirates
1995Birmingham Barracudas
19962003Calgary Stampeders
20042006Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
CFL West All-Star1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
Awards1997 DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy
1998 DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy
1998 CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award
Career stats
  • Playing stats at (archive)

Fred Childress, also known as Freddie Childress (born September 17, 1966) is a former all-star offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League and the National Football League. He was nicknamed as "the Big Chill" for his 6 feet 4 inch and 345 pound size.

Early life

While born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Childress grew up in Helena, Arkansas, playing football in high school for the Central High School Cougars. Coming out of high school, Childress was highly recruited by many top football programs, finally deciding to stay home and attend the University of Arkansas, then coached by Ken Hatfield.


Childress played his college football at the University of Arkansas, where he was selected as a 2nd team All-American by Pro Football Weekly as a senior in 1988. There he played with other standouts such as Steve Atwater and Barry Foster. Childress was immediately a starter at offensive guard as a freshman for Arkansas in 1985, helping the team finish 10-2 and beating the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 1985 Holiday Bowl, 18-17. As a senior, Childress helped Arkansas win the 1988 Southwest Conference championship, finishing 10-2. Childress and teammate Wayne Martin were suspended for the 1989 Cotton Bowl Classic by head coach Ken Hatfield for undisclosed reasons, and Arkansas lost the Cotton Bowl to Troy Aikman and the UCLA Bruins, 17-3.[citation needed]

Professional career

Childress was selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.[1] After two seasons of tryouts, he finally played one season for the New England Patriots in 1991 (scoring a touchdown) and another in 1992 for the Cleveland Browns.[2]

Childress moved to the CFL with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994 and switched to the Birmingham Barracudas in 1995 (both failed expansion franchises in the CFL bid to play in the US). He then went on to an 8-year stay with the Calgary Stampeders, where he was an all-star 6 times, received the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 1998, the DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy in 1997 and won the Grey Cup in 1998 and 2001.

Childress played his final three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He retired from the CFL after the 2006 season. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2020.[3]


  1. ^ "1989 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-05-26.
  2. ^ Freddie Childress Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Canadian Football Hall of Fame unveils 2020 induction class". Canadian Football League. April 28, 2021.