Riders offensive lineman Chris Best announces retirement

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Chris Best has announced his retirement.

The 33-year-old played his entire 10-year career in Saskatchewan since being selected fourth overall in the 2005 CFL Draft. He won a Grey Cup with the club in 2013 and was the team’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2011.

“I want to congratulate Chris Best on a successful 10-year CFL career,” said Jeremy O’Day, the Roughriders assistant vice president of football operations. “I had the opportunity to work with Chris as a teammate and then as an administrator over the past decade. His level of intensity, competitive attitude, and will to win made Chris a great player. We wish him continued success in his next endeavour.”    

Best missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a double sports hernia last off-season, then battled hip issues that also required surgery.

“I want to thank the Roughriders and entire province of Saskatchewan for everything they have done for me. It’s been an incredible privilege to play for the Roughriders for the past 10 years,” said Chris Best. “I want to give a special thanks to my coaches, teammates, and especially Rider fans for your continuous support over the years.”   

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14 Comments on Riders offensive lineman Chris Best announces retirement

  1. Definitely one of “the Best”. He’ll be missed.

  2. he was an awesome player now maybe you will see the riders sign deane maybe

  3. Great player.As I say long serving Canadian
    O linemen are the heart of every team.

    Jones must be thanking his lucky stars this retirement saves Jones from his careless spending and over compensation to his FA’s

  4. Free agent signings for O-line and all the rest have been great. Sounds like they had an idea this was coming from previous comments. Sad to see you go Pete, thanks for all the hard work.

  5. A decade of great play. Plaza announcement coming soon. All the best, Mr Best.

  6. One of the few in today’s sports world that started his entire career and ended it with the Green and White. Kudo’s, Chris.

  7. Dan Bombers // February 23, 2017 at 7:50 pm //

    Met this guy in person at ray and jerrys years ago here in Winnipeg and had a beer with him and some other rider players and he was just real and down to earth all the best no pun intended!!

  8. Might not be the last. All the Best to Best & nice to see he settled down in Regina. LaBatte is the other big ? coming off concussion issues. Jones just recently stated the team didn’t know where he was at. None of this is a surprise but if LaBatte also calls it quits, big holes to fill. In any case, they need to get another National or 2 on the OL. Good, long career for Best.

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