Former Riders LB Jerrell Freeman retires from pro football

Former Riders linebacker Jerrell Freeman has retired from professional football.

Last October, Freeman received a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 31-year-old spent three seasons in Saskatchewan (2009-2011) and earned CFL all-star status in 2011 after leading the league in tackles with 105. That got him a contract with the Indianapolis Colts where he played four years and then moved on to the Chicago Bears.

Freeman played one game in 2017 then spent the rest of the season on the Bears injured reserve list with a concussion and pectoral injury during the 2017 season. Over six NFL seasons, Freeman has made 598 tackles, defended 20 passes, made 12 sacks and four interceptions while scoring two defensive touchdowns.


11 Comments on Former Riders LB Jerrell Freeman retires from pro football

  1. Mr Red // May 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm //

    Well, another plan goes up in smoke.

  2. Jerrell is a class act and great player! Wish him all the best in his next phase of life!

  3. Oh no I was hoping he would come back all play for the Riders again at some point. Shit

  4. Habsnriders // May 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm //

    Thing I remember the most about freeman was his ability to make game changing plays . Sad day for the riders and the CFL when he left . Even after he left he still followed the riders . Had a great career and wish him well .

  5. Lancaster/Reed // May 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm //

    Jerrell was always appreciative of the teams that gave him a chance. A class act. I’m sure he will be successful in whatever he does next.

  6. Only 31 maybe after he serves his suspension in the NFL he would be eligible to sign a CFL deal if he gets healthy and in football shape. Was a very good play with the Riders in his hay day.

  7. Great memories of Jerrell, watching him pounce on the ball in the end zone in Calgary, helping us win that playoff game, the fella in the Regina airport after that same game that ran up to him with his kid and gave him a $100 bill for his efforts, lol. I also got to see him play live in Indianapolis, along with Muamba, great times, good luck to him in his retirement!

  8. jim…I would like to see that too…but, that is dreamworld stuff. His brain/body is sooooo beat up. Why would he want to come back to the CFL, and get beat up some more, for a salary which is less than what an NFL guy would spill at any given party?
    BTW, many have been railing to get this site improved…so, what was their answer? Raise the level of spambot question from Grade 1 math to about Grade 3 (8×9=72). If they keep this up, it will cut RED’s posts in half, because he will spend half of his time asking google for answers!

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