Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris to announce retirement Tuesday

Veteran CFL quarterback Henry Burris is retiring.

Sources say he will make the announcement Tuesday in Ottawa, when the Redblacks have called a 12 p.m. press conference

The 41-year-old leaves the CFL as a champion after guiding the upstart Redblacks to a dramatic 39-33 overtime win over the Calgary Stampeders in last year’s Grey Cup.

Burris finishes his CFL career with three Grey Cups (1998 and 2008 with Calgary were the others) and two outstanding player awards (2010, 2015). He’s third in all-time passing yards (63,227) and TDs (374).

Burris also spent time in the NFL with Chicago and Green Bay (2001-2002) and is the seventh-leading passer in professional football history with 64,023 yards.

The 41-year-old pivot said last week “a lot of things point to me not playing.”

Burris completed 35 of 46 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns, adding two more on the ground, to upset Calgary in the CFL title game and earn game MVP honours.

First reported on 3DownNation, Burris was set to make less than Trevor Harris for the 2017 season.

– with files from CP

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5 Comments on Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris to announce retirement Tuesday

  1. It’s a no-brainer Henry. You have accomplished a lot. Congratulations and thanks. But at 41, it’s time to move on.

  2. Henry proves that an American can have a dream career in Canada and we are proud to have him as a football hero.Henry ‘Gem’ Burris.

  3. Certainly he can go out after the 2016 Grey Cup and say that his skills have declined very little if at all during his career. I thought he might have played one more year to try to win a Grey Cup at home and he might be enticed out of retirement if Trevor Harris falters or suffers an injury.

  4. I have had issues with Burris but in the end I think that he personifies “the man in the arena” described in T rRoosevelt’s famous speech. He deserves respect for all that he has done and endured.

  5. As the song goes, ‘thanks for the memories’. You did the right thing in taking your retirement now, and leaving the game that you truly love playing, as a champion. Redblacks fans will miss you. Really happy to hear that you will be staying in Ottawa. I hope to meet you and thank-you personally for bringing football fever back to Ottawa.
    (Note: please try to stay in game shape)

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