John Chick retirement decision brought peace to (large) family

John Chick took all 10 – soon to be 11 – family members into account when making the final call to end his pro football career.

Wife Catherine is due to give birth to the couple’s ninth child in July and Chick wanted to keep up with the duties of being a dad and husband while creating a stable living base for the kids.

“For some time, over the past year, you guys know my family dynamic, I wasn’t at peace with a decision that really affects the whole family. We had to make a decision, with older kids, that it wasn’t in their best interest to go back and forth anymore. Moving around each year has been a major shift for them and they have to say good-bye to friends everywhere we go. I’ve had my oldest boy signed up for football four times in Saskatchewan, Hamilton and Edmonton but he has yet to play,” Chick told Rod Pedersen on CKRM’s SportsCage Monday.

“For the past six months, I’ve been going back and forth on it. I couldn’t come to peace with knowing what the day-to-day expectations were as a dad and as a husband. So we came to this decision and it’s brought a lot of peace.”

After being traded to the Eskimos last August, Chick moved the family to Edmonton. Former Ticats defensive coordinator and current Lions special teams coordinator Jeff Reinebold stepped up to help, driving the Chickmobile all the way out west.

Currently, the Chick’s are living in Jacksonville. That’s where Chick played two seasons for the Jaguars in 2011 and 2012 making 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 19 games.

“This decision,” Chick said, “has brought a lot of peace to the family.”

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15 Comments on John Chick retirement decision brought peace to (large) family

  1. Bestcflfan // April 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm //

    How’s he going to feed them all?

  2. Edmonton or Jacksonville. Canadian Taxes vs American Taxes. 4 season weather vs 2 season weather. Absolutely nothing wrong with Edmonton Alberta Canada as many play and live there year around but in this case Jacksonville and Chicks growing family wins. No doubt he had several good years left in him and left some serious $$$ on the table but I doubt the Eskimos tried to talk him out of retirement due to his age and the amount of the salary cap.

  3. That’s a lot of kids! Good for him and his family! Must be fun and takes a true man to handle all that!! Anyone with kids can’t argue!

  4. BleedzGreen // April 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    Beast on the field – gentle giant off it.
    Favourite memory: his 2013 GC performance.
    Runner up: watching him parent 6 of his 8 kids at Regina’s S. Albert St. McDonalds (wife/2 kids were absent). Dad-of-the-year candidate IMHO.

  5. 2 Grey Cups and 9 kids????

    That guy is a machine…… on and off the field.

    Always a class act in Hamilton. God bless him and his family.

  6. Great guy who had a solid career. 3x all-star, 72 sacks. One interesting trivia note about him is that he was almost certainly put on our neg. list by Roy Shivers. Not only is the timing right but he went to Shivers’ alma mater, so Roy would have had a close eye on him. Another interesting trivia note is that he’s Catholic, in spite of the fact that he went to Utah State. He’s so Catholic that he converted a Mormon girl he went to school with to Catholicism and then married her. And talking about a good Catholic boy with 9 kids I can’t help but think of the famous Monty Python skit:
    youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk

    All in good fun John, all the best!

  7. Scottsask // April 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm //

    John Chick is so Catholic it scares Chuck Norris.

  8. Edward Leslie // April 5, 2018 at 12:03 am //

    Jim: I agree with you 100% this time.
    John Chick seems like such a nice person, it’s a bit awkward referring to him as a “beast”. Just a football term for an unstoppable player.
    I have to admit, my first thought after his retirement announcement, was that big family of his.
    We recently heard that big whiner, Victor Butler of the Toronto Argonauts, complain about his lot in life because he doesn’t make huge money in the CFL and has a wife and ONE kid, not nine like John Chick.That crybaby, Butler played for four or five years in the NFL too making millions.
    John Chick wouldn’t whine or trash the CFL because he has a lot more class than Butler.
    The CFL needs more players like John Chick. Not easy finding them though.

  9. Tiger man // April 5, 2018 at 11:35 am //

    I just had this feeling when John was traded to Edmonton from Hamilton that this day was not far off…

    Congratulations John on your retirement…and thank you for being a Tiger Cat.

  10. Alex Droho // April 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm //

    Best of luck to Mr and Mrs Chick and all the “chicklets”. Would like to know what their weekly food bill is.

  11. I’m a big Rider fan, but an even bigger fan of someone who REALLY puts their family first. In this age where more and more families are fractured, one or both parents absent for their kids,and good role models are few and far between – I have always been a big fan of John Chick the person. Sir, over the years the accomplishments on the field will fade into the background, but your accomplishments as a husband and father will shine brighter every day. I doff my cap to you, good sir.

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