Before 4 p.m.

By Dave Naylor

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The television screen was grainy, the result of an antenna on my grandfather’s Haliburton cottage that allowed us to view snow-covered images that were then considered television

The Dallas Cowboys were playing, and my cousin, eight years my senior, pointed out a player in the game he played basketball against in Burlington, Ontario

I was 16 and I can still remember the picture of # 66 on the left tackle pushing the scrimmage line through all the static on the screen

In those days, Canadians were rare in the NFL. Very, very rare So I didn’t lose the importance of what I was watching

I could never have imagined that No I would one day become a trustworthy work colleague, friend, and someone I would come to know as a sensitive and gentle soul

Just like on Monday when I called Chris’ radio broadcaster Mike Hogan to make sure I had the correct phone number after repeatedly unable to reach him. so I knew my calls might have fallen through a crack)

I got the right number, but I didn’t make that call. Three days later he died of a heart attack at the age of 61

I first met Chris during the 1991 CFL season when I was a 23 year old reporter who was new to the business and he was part of one of the most dynamic CFL teams ever, an Argonaut -Teams with rookie receiver Rocket Ismail, quarterback Matt Dunigan and Pinball Clemons running back in their prime numbers

My biggest memory of Chris from this season came after a game in Toronto against Winnipeg when Blue Bombers linebacker Tyrone Jones walked into Argo’s locker room to get Ismail for an autograph (Yes, that is really happened)

Chris must have seen and heard enough of the seedy Jones during the game, and that was too much

He was the only Argo who took a stand and pointed to Jones and yelled at him and asked him how he thought he could come into her locker room and act like that

The two had to be separated and nothing came out of it.But it gave me a glimpse of the fire that burned inside him (The Blue Bombers met the Argos in the Eastern Final, but lost 42: 3)

It was years later when we reconnected, this time at TSN, where he hired in 1998 and where I started in the early 2000s when I was still working for The Globe and Mail

Chris was such a warm and compassionate person I was having a hard time making up for being the same guy I’d upset in the locker room about a decade earlier

I never knew Chris personally when he was a player, but I remember a story from an Argo employee where Chris once collapsed when told he had an end-of-season injury and in the doctor’s office cried

When I met him at TSN, I understood how much football meant to him and how much he valued every moment he had to spend in or around the game

Our friendship grew to the point where we would have introspective conversations that were far more about human nature than soccer, and we talked about the risks he was exposed to in the pre-concussion awareness era, and about whether he would do it again, given what he knew today. He said he would do it because nothing could match the experience he had as a player

Chris had an innocent curiosity about the world beyond football and he would make me be the know-it-all that was one of the dynamics in our friendship

He loved playing soccer more than anything, never more than during a Gray Cup or Super Bowl week, and reminded us how lucky we were to be there

I can remember 30 minutes before a Super Bowl opener when I received a text from him that simply read, “I’m feeling very special and happy right now. Something like this has happened a couple of times

It was his appreciation for what he did for a living that always resonated with colleagues, which is why he worked so hard on it, taking pages with notes to the studio every evening

Chris was equally proud of his time in the NFL and the CFL, but I learned how disappointed he was that his NFL career only lasted three seasons

In 2011, Chris and I were both part of the TSN crew that covered the Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers in Dallas. As we drove around town during the week there were times when you saw Chris’s mind spinning when the sights of the city returned to him and sparked memories

One night our crew went to a mall to visit a Dallas Cowboys goods store Chris wouldn’t go in and take a seat outside I asked him why As far as I remember he just shook his head There could have been some words too but not many

About a week after we returned, I received an email from him apologizing for what he thought was aloof during the week. It simply said, “I hope you understand … Dallas will always be with me be an unfinished business ”

TSN producer Dennis Beram, who accompanied Chris on his NFL assignments, posted a picture on Twitter today that captures him perfectly

It’s Schultzy, who sits at the end of a goal post and has more preparation time for this evening’s goal

Crushing News last night We lost my dear friend Chris Schultz Not too many people have touched my life like the great man soccer was his life We shared so many memories that I will take them with me for the rest of my life love you Schultzy Until we meet again RIP 🙏 picTwittercom / 9Q6RsXz6y0

Chris Schultz TSN, obituary for Chris Schultz

World news – CA – Chris Schultz: A gentle soul and a true footballer – TSNca