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June 14, 2000 ANDREW SMITH Mirror Sports Writer Some guys just won't quit. Their high school or college football careers behind them, members of the Calgary Wolfpack and the Alberta Football League still have the fire inside that tells them to strap on the pads and hit the gridiron. It is a pay-to-play scenario that sees lots of guys taking a shot at playing the game they love one more time. "When a guy hits 23, unless he's good enough to make the CFL, there aren't many places to play full contact football," says Jim Lightfoot, president of the AFL. "Your pretty much limited to flag football, which to us is sacrilegious." The defending national champs, the Wolfpack- along with the Calgary Thunder, Calgary Gators and Edmonton Icemen- make up the Alberta Football League which is affiliated with the Canadian Senior Football League. This year, they will play a nine-game regular season, followed by playoffs (if they finish first, second or third). As well, they will travel to Montana on the Canada Day/Independance Day weekend to play an exhibition against a local semi-pro team. "They're really hyping it the game down there," says Lightfoot. The rules are the same as the CFL, except players are restricted from so-called cut blocks. This is a safety issue, preventing injuries that could cost a player his ability to work. The team and the league get their players from all levels, with most having played high school, junior or university ball. The Wolfpack's quarterback is former Regina Ram and Calgary Dino pivot Darryl Leason. He says the level of play is impressive, and the league was the perfect venue to feed his competetive spirit. "Anyone who is here is here because they love football and that keeps the level up," said Leason. "Football is a different sport. You can play hockey or baseball as you get older, but not in football. We're lucky in Calgary to have this league." Howard Gardener is the Wolfpack's designated utilty player. The former Calgary Colt says the attraction of the league is the social atmosphere surrounding the games. "Everybody here is a lay-z-boy quarterback," said Gardener. "It is great to play and then sit around and talk football." "I like playing defence because, you can lay a lick on someone- really lay him out- then laugh about it with him later." The Wolfpack and the AFL usually play their home games at McMahon Stadium but have been bumped for the first few weeks due to Stampeders training camp. The league kicks off their 12th season Saturday, June 17 at Shouldice Park when the Edmonton Icemen visit the Wolfpack.