John Chicks are few and far between

In the world of football, being universally respected can be difficult if not downright impossible. Odds are you’re bound to upset someone along the way.

Every so often, someone comes along and is able to buck the trend and do just that. There’s no question that John Chick is one of those players.

The defensive end who spent much of his CFL career with the Riders, there were stops in Hamilton and Edmonton, called it a career on Friday. Not surprisingly, after Chick made the news official, the accolades and praise started pouring in from across the league. Teammates, rivals, coaches, management, media or fans, it didn’t matter: there was nothing but praise for Chick’s career and the man himself.

Of course, when someone retires, it’s unlikely that other players, coaches or managers would speak poorly of another players career. However, the pure volume speaks to the kind of man Chick is and all of it is certainly warranted.

None of this even considers just how good of a football player Chick was. His numbers – 240 tackles and 72 quarterback sacks in 125 career games – and play speak for themselves. If Chick was on your team, no matter how he was feeling that day, physically or mentally, you knew that you were going to get the absolute best out of him on every single play whether it was a game or practice. That was true if Chick’s team was winning the Grey Cup or going 5-13.

Being a great player will get you recognition, but being universally loved and respected comes down to so much more.

In Saskatchewan, Chick was everything mentioned so far and more. He was involved in the community. He is an amazing role model for other people living with physical or medical conditions as a type 1 diabetic. He was a tremendous teammate and an elite football player.

Chick was a leader in the locker room who always answered every question asked of him with honesty and was never afraid to place blame upon himself even if it wasn’t warranted. He led by example on the field and every day by never taking a rep off. Chick continued that trend in both Hamilton and Edmonton.

Basically, if you wanted to build a near perfect football player, both physically and mentally, Chick would be one of the better options out there.

For some, it’s disappointing that Chick didn’t get play his entire CFL career in green and white, but that’s the business of football. A tough decision had to be made.

As difficult as that decision might have been, the next one when it comes to Chick’s career won’t be. We’ll see Chick back in Regina in three years as he gets inducted into the Riders Plaza of Honour.

What a night that will be for Chick who is a rare type of player.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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33 Comments on John Chicks are few and far between

  1. Hopefully Chris Jones is long gone when John Chick is inducted into the Riders Plaza of Honour.

  2. Scottsask // March 31, 2018 at 10:58 am //

    Nope… Once again, thanks for everything John. All the best to you and your family.

  3. Your leadership on and off the field are what GREAT people are made of, enjoy your retirement John with your family !!!

  4. Colour me green // March 31, 2018 at 12:16 pm //

    All the best to you and your family as you start your next journey in life

  5. Kyle; For starters I can give you 160,000 reasons.
    Secondly; What’s it to you whether I like Chris Jones or don’t like him?

    • Congratulations John & thank you for a great career! You have been and will always be a Rider & we hope to see you in the SHOF & CFLHOF in the near future.

      Best Wishes to you & your family in the future.

    • Cry us all a river you pu$$y.

  6. Rider4life // March 31, 2018 at 1:12 pm //

    FED jones gave him and DRESSLER the option of a pay cut and to stay but they didn’t take pay cut and both were traded. Both guys did great playing for sask as after they went to other teams their numbers dropped. Don’t be surprised if he does the same as getzlah and come bk for a day and resign as a RIDER to retire as a RIDER. As he got 2 grey cups in sask and no where else and he still loves sask as his buisnes is doing great in Regina . 97 will be a hall of fame. Great career John Chick. Once a RIDER always a RIDER

    • Rider – Chick and Dressler weren’t traded – they were both released outright! Hamilton quickly snapped up Chick and Winnipeg obviously signed Dressler. Loved seeing Chick in black and gold and was sorry to see him traded to the Esks. I’m glad that he gets to retire on his own terms and wish him the best in his post-football career.

  7. Rider4life // March 31, 2018 at 1:13 pm //

    I meant FRF as to my comment

  8. Wingback // March 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm //

    Sounds like Chick is a great guy with alot of class. Clearly he was a great fit in the Ken Miller Saskatchewan Roughriders, but not so in the Chris Jones Roughriders

    • Take this // March 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm //

      Exactly so. Probably why Chick did not come back to retire as a Rider. But no matter because Saskatchewan people will always love and lay claim to John Chick, one of the classiest dudes of the gridiron.

  9. FRF, Kyle & other Jones haters: There are 1000’s of Rider & CFL fans that wish haters like you would just go away. If you are a Rider fan then you should support the whole team including the coaches, management, executive, etc. It appears that you’re pi _ _ _ d because Jones released him. Get over it & grow up while you’re at it! There is a thing called salary caps in the CFL & Chick happened to be a casualty of a Rider team that was rebuilding. Unlike you, there are many fans like me who are true Rider fans that support ALL of the team & not just one or a few players. Year 1, of the team rebuild was a time of a great turnover in players & management. Year 2, of Jones’ version of the Riders put the team within a few minutes of playing in the Grey Cup. Off-season transactions, etc. by the Riders have (on paper) made the Riders a much better team than last year. Jones was hired to bring the GC to Sask by the third year of his contract and to build a team that would be competitive every year much like Calgary has done. By all appearances, we have a good chance of bringing the GC home in 2018.

    Have you coached or been employed by any professional football organization. Highly, unlikely! Neither have I but I am wise enough and loyal enough to know what a true fan is. How would you like it if someone just walked in off the street & started telling you how to do your job? And then they continually sent hate your way because they didn’t like some of the decisions you made even though you were doing a really great job.

    There are many more people in the football world that love Jones than hate him. Those that hate him are a very slim minority & are either trolls from other teams or Rider fans of individual players who don’t really care about the team. Either of these types of fans don’t understand sportsmanship or how to properly support a team. They need to grow up or shut up because they have only one agenda & that is to foist unreasonable vitroil & hate. The majority of Rider fans will say that they are tired of your b _ _ ls _ _ t & that there is no place for fans like this or you in the Rider organization.

    If you were truly a fan of John Chick. You would have only made your comment about JC & not added anything else to your comment. By adding to your comment you made it about more about Jones than Chick. With, the majority of, Rider fans liking Jones. I believe that most Rider fans are wishing that fans like you or trolls from other teams would just go away because we don’t want your hate and negativity associated with our team.

    Go Riders!

    • Wingback // March 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm //

      Who are you trying to convince Allan, us Jones skeptics or yourself????????

    • Allen – the problem here is you’ve mentioned that 5 letter word “troll”. And on que Gnomeo has crawled out from under his rock to leak like a broken crapper. Now understand, vitriol is its middle name, and he can turn any story about anything into his platform of negativity.

  10. The Realist // March 31, 2018 at 3:19 pm //

    @ Allan;

    Type all you want, I’m still going to despise Chris Jones for killing ‘Rider Pride’ and if you’d open your eyes you’d notice that there is about 10% of the green around this province that there was a decade ago.

    • Realist – I don’t think every team necessarily is in agreement with everything their coach does. That said I’ve noticed that you aren’t the only Rider fan that hasn’t got a great deal of use for Jones. Hell, I’m not completely on board with some of the things he’s done but I am 100% behind my team regardless.

      • CFL family // March 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm //

        Nothing wrong with supporting your team. But Jones is like no other head person any organization has had.
        He’s fined every year, then accuses everyone else, he has admitted to wanting to recruit players with criminal histories and he shows such disrespect and unsportmanship to his colleagues and the fans

      • Good comment, Yup. Chris Jones hasn’t done everything by the book. But you can bet your bottom dollar, he will do whatever it takes to win. And if it means cutting fan favourites such as Dressler, Getzlaf, Chick, Durant, etc., he won’t blush it all. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the business. And that’s why successful coaches, such as Chris Jones, survive in the nomadic lifestyle that he and several others live for as a head coach. And please, I don’t agree with everything Chris Jones does like yourself, but I respect the man for his ability to block everything out from around him and focus on winning.

  11. Edward Leslie // March 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

    i was hoping that John Chick would return for one more year in Edmonton. He started to really find his game the last two or three starts.
    Edmonton has really gone all in on their youth movement, with the exception of acquiring veteran backup, Kevin Glenn.
    Gone: John Chick, Odell Willis, Marcus Howard, Phillip Hunt, Adarius Bowman, Cory Greenwood, D’Anthony Batiste, Cauchy Muamba and Marcel Young. Whew! And the season is still over two months away.
    I wonder if longest tenured Eskimo, Calvin McCarty will make it past training camp?

  12. Edward Leslie // March 31, 2018 at 8:24 pm //

    Allan, you seriously need to take a chill pill. Don’t worry, it’s not one of the banned supplements that the CFL tests for.
    I’m not an anti-Saskatchewan troll. I’m an Eskimos fan, and Chris Jones, as you know, used to be with the Esks.
    Chris Jones is a smart coach, but he’s not above criticism. He rubs people the wrong way and brings this criticism on himself.
    Firstly, he’s a classic mercenary-type personality, which admittedly is common in football. He has ZERO loyalty to any organization. Just ask peopke in Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.
    Secondly, he is very hostile to the media. Time and time again he takes the low road, limiting media access because they don’t kiss his backside and because he’s paranoid about spies.
    Thirdly, he cheats by going over the salary cap and working out players on other teams Neg lists. This is called tampering.
    Fourth, he puts very little emphasis on integrity and character, which is why approximately 20% of the Riders players have been arrested at some point.
    Fifth: Rightly or wrongly, he showed no class in his dealings with beloved Riders stars like John Chick, Weston Dressler and Darian Durant.
    Its fine to be a fan of your team, but remember, there’s a fine line between “fan” and “fanatic”.

    • True Green // March 31, 2018 at 10:55 pm //

      That’s a good assessment of Jones. Personally, I’m a fan of much of his style. He’s well liked by his players as long as they are playing well, but I do not feel that he has much loyalty. I was happy to get him, really angry with a bunch of his moves, almost a hater when he didn’t resign DD, and now I see his logic.

      He’s not an easy man to like but he has proven effectiveness in building teams and winning. I think one of the reasons why he is disliked by many SK fans (myself included previously) is that he makes no effort to lay down any roots which is really important with a community owned football team. He lives in a hotel and isn’t engaged in the community.

      I like what he’s done with the Riders, he made the hard decisions that needed to be made thatany of us fans wouldn’t have been capable to make. He pushes rules and takes risks with risky players but so far it seem to be working.

      In Jones I trust.

    • Puck Hog // April 1, 2018 at 11:57 am //

      Edward Scissor Hands, thanks for clearing the air. You are not an anti-Saskatchewan troll, lol! Jones got to you!

  13. Congratulations on your career, John! Remember you are always welcome back in Regina for a visit.

  14. John Chick was one of my all time favourite Roughriders. In fact, his return to the Riders from the NFL was what re-ignited my CFL interest in general. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Chick.

  15. Leighton // April 1, 2018 at 8:12 am //

    Lots of cry babies posting here about Jones.

  16. Soo much Chris Jones hate. As a young rider fan I just don’t understand the hate. Get over it. There’s bigger things in life to worry about. All those fan favourite players would have left the team one way or the other. In all sports leagues, the fan favourite all Stars eventually get traded or released. It’s part of the business. And Jones was handed a freaking mess when he took over IE salary cap and player salaries were a mess. And then I hear the oh I don’t like the guy he is this or that or doesn’t follow the rules blah blah. Again who gives a sh*t. Would we be better off with someone else – if so who? Jones does a lot for this team in many different roles. I don’t love the guy, but cmon give him a break. I love the riders from top to bottom. I go to every game. Our goal is to win the Grey Cup no matter the cost. I don’t care who we employ just do your job and let’s bring home the cup boys! And to all the “haters” just relax. Do you love the riders or not. Make that choice and quit the bull. Worry about your own happiness and seriously remember this game is a sport and entertainment. Jeez. Go riders!

    • Good comments, Chris. Sometimes, we over-analyze sports as armchair quarterbacks. Not only players, but coaches are put through a microscope by many fans. And even after winning the Grey Cup, many fans will throw a coach or player underneath the bus. So much bashing in today’s world.

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