Former Riders and Bombers receiver Ryan Smith retires

Former Riders and Bombers receiver Ryan Smith has retired, first reported by Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.

The Bombers made it official via a press release on the team’s website.

“Although this was an extremely difficult decision, it is one that I am ultimately comfortable with,” said Ryan Smith. “I have the opportunity to pursue interests outside of football, and I just feel this is the time for me to step away. I would truly like to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, my teammates, the CFL,  and the fans of the Blue Bombers. Most importantly, Mr. Wade Miller, Kyle Walters and Coach O’Shea for their understanding and support throughout this process, and ultimately my decision. I will miss the game and the great people in it, but this was the right decision for me at this time.”

Smith spent one year in Winnipeg after signing as a free agent prior to the 2016 season, playing in 11 games while making 53 receptions for 488 yards and one touchdown. He broke into the CFL with Saskatchewan and suited up for the Riders for two campaigns in 2014 and 2015. During his last year with the green and white he produced 991 yards on 59 catches to go with seven touchdowns in 16 games.

Here’s Smith’s statement released via Twitter:

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10 Comments on Former Riders and Bombers receiver Ryan Smith retires

  1. Loved watching him play in Saskatchewan, talk about dynamic, best of luck to him

  2. Wow, the Winnipeg Roughriders are changing their green and white jerseys back to Blue and Gold. Disappointing to hear Ryan Smith leaving from the Canadian game because he had excellent potential but was snake-bit the last few seasons by the injury bug. Still miss Dressler and Macho, though, Craig Newman came back only to retire. And how about Keith Shologan and Dominic Picard? Where have they all gone? Go Green and White!!!

    • stampland // March 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm //

      Henry Burris,GJ Kinne, Fred Bennett, Buddy Jackson, Dwight Anderson, Glenn Love, Derrick Dennis, Bakari Grant, John Murphy, Danny Barrett, Roy Shivers.. When are the Riders going to stop wearing their Red jerseys and go back to Green??..Stop claiming Bombers try to mimic you.You do the same thing

  3. Dan Bombers // March 31, 2017 at 11:10 am //

    Wow didn’t see that coming was looking forward to him bouncing back this year good luck Ryan

  4. BombersJets // March 31, 2017 at 11:16 am //

    Too bad the Bombers didn’t know a few weeks ago as they may have been able to throw more money at Eddie Steele to try and get him to come home. I’m curious to see with all of the talk surrounding the Bombers looking at taking a futures player with one of their 1st 4 picks in the draft due to salary cap constraints, whether this may now have an impact on that

  5. Good little player.

  6. Bring back Tori Gurley now

  7. Was a really dynamic and exciting player to watch, he had great hands. I really was sorry to see him leave Sask, but was equally disappointed to see him continue to get hurt in Winnipeg. Hope he has no regrets and enjoys whatever he is moving on to.

  8. Some leave when they are young as Smith has and some leave when they get old. A good little player who played way beyond his stature. Best of luck to Ryan in his new career outside pro football.

  9. SaskWatch // April 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm //

    Some will always associate Smith with his ‘no look’ catch. For me it’ll always be the high pass he pulled down as a Rider in 2015 against the Argos (the OMG catch). Sadly I think the aftermath of that catch was the start of his injury woes.

    I wish him all the best in his new career.

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