Quarterback Darian Durant announces his retirement

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Darian Durant is retiring.

Durant announced his decision on his website www.dariandurant.com early Friday morning.

Here’s the statement:

Durant played 12 years in the CFL, primarily with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He threw for 31,740 yards and 167 touchdowns in 174 games (128 starts) and currently sits 14th all-time in league passing yards. He played in three Grey Cup games with the Riders, winning the 101st edition in Regina in 2013.

But the 35-year-old struggled with the Montreal Alouettes last season, winning just three times in 15 starts and throwing 16 interceptions against 15 touchdowns. He was released by the club in January – on the eve of a $150,000 roster bonus – and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was suspected to serve as the primary back up to Matt Nichols this season.

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86 Comments on Quarterback Darian Durant announces his retirement

  1. Michael Kulyk // May 11, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    thx for the memories !

  2. Blueman // May 11, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    That’s a shocker !!
    I thought he would take over as the starter for the Bombers.

    • teddybb // May 11, 2018 at 8:58 am //

      …..wut? His role was only ever to mentor and help prep Matty and the young bucks. As a player the last two years he was….below average. In a relief role where he could use his leadership on the sidelines was a great fit for him and it’s what the bombers were hoping he would do.
      Shame on the timing as he kind of leaves the bombers high and dry right before training camp but cant fault him for the decision.

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:40 am //

        Totally agree with everything you said. The timing for the bombers is really bad, but I suspect as Darian got closer to training camp, he realized his heart just wasnt in it anymore.

      • Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 10:32 am //

        You can fault him for taking the Bomber’s money and goodwill. You’re right on one thing, Durant left the Bombers high and dry.

      • Given Winnipeg’s flood history, isn’t being left high and dry a good thing?

  3. Roger?

  4. True green // May 11, 2018 at 9:03 am //

    DD is a truly honourable man. His tenure with the Riders was such an exciting, emotional and at times frustrating time in Rider nation!

    His 2013 championship picture (which I had commissioned by an artist friend and Darian signed) willl always be on my wall as a reminder of what a true teammate and champion is, and as a constant reminder of what can be accomplished with determination and hard work.

    All the best Darin!

    • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 10:04 am //

      Lots of good that I can remember … I have to wonder why he’d use social media to tell everyone before telling his employer.

      • Cat Fan…what are you implying, would you invite a creep like him to your house??

    • An honorable man?? The theme of all the posts today is about what a liar, crooked cheat he is. He says he’s going to start up an agency to raise funds for charity!!! He better stay away from my house..

      • True green // May 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm //

        This is a tough business. Teams screw players all he time. He didn’t make this decision to hurt anyone. He made a decision that was best for himself and his family. Teams don’t honour contracts why should players. I’d like to see what you’d do if he came to your house. Easy to talk tough online.

  5. Gotta love the dude // May 11, 2018 at 9:03 am //

    All the best to you Darian. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. You will be a wonderful dad.
    I will always associate you with the Riders. Your fans, and there are many, know that you gave your heart and soul to the team, always with class and passion and dedication. I salute you, sir.

  6. 27 years and counting // May 11, 2018 at 9:06 am //

    It’s about time.

    He stopped playing 3 years ago

    • Durian Durant is the emblem of a particular, fickle nation.

      • Waiting // May 11, 2018 at 9:44 am //

        Darian Durant is the face of Rider Nation when it was a classy well loved team in Saskatchewan. When green was worn everywhere, even to weddings and funerals. Not like now, when a lot of disgruntled fans have packed away their green and long for the past when they knew that guys like Durant, Chick, Dressler, Getzlaf, Bag, Labatte, Hopson and Ken Miller would always give 100% to the team, always in a classy respectful manner. Now the province is split; those that idolize Chris Jones and Duron Carter, and those that know that those type of characters will eventually be gone and hopefully the Riders can return to an organization they can be proud of and support.

        • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 11, 2018 at 10:37 am //

          Then there are those that are reasonable, logical and dispassionate. While they don’t idolize Jones, they can see that what Jones did was required to fix a woeful roster(rebuild, shed fading players with high cap hits like Durant, Chick, Dressler, Getzlaf) and has improved the teams record from the 3-15 team he took over, nearly doubling the total wins in each of the past two seasons. Those fans are able to check their own ego’s and self-righteousness at the door and simply be fans of the club, while trusting the process.

          • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 10:55 am //

            Nicely said. When wally buono, don matthews, et al shed long time veteran players they think are on the downside, they are applauded for their forsight. The riders do the same, and they are heartless. There is a whole lot of hypocrisy out there.

          • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm //

            @ Lancaster/Reed:

            I remember more comments roasting Buono and Matthews for cutting fan favourite vets than the few saying it was time or wait to see the results. I can only remember one that applauded the cut.

            With the current silly sparring – it is easy to ignore that the heartless comments have been applied to more teams than the Riders over the years.

      • Red and Bo sittin in a tree. // May 11, 2018 at 10:56 am //

        Much like Bo being the emblem of a particular choking nation!! Kind of fitting isn’t it.

    • lol Nice handle…. Ridernation is starting to get a little worried and jealous about a big celebration coming to their east rival I see.
      Deal with it!

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:29 am //

        Every post you make shows that is your deepest fear, that the Riders will have more big celebrations in the near future, especially over the stamps. After all , huff is a pathetic 25% vs the riders in the playoffs.

        • lol
          I’ve heard that every off season for 30 years

          Congratulations on a brilliant career Durian D.

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:34 am //

        And Mr Ed? Thanks for showing your typical complete lack of class. Again. You certainly are consistant in being an a-hole, I’ll give you that.

  7. Darian needed his legs to be an effective quarterback and once the injuries started piling up and age became a factor, it was over for him. Mentoring was never his strength as he was a leader but not a teacher. Thanks for the memories Darian, you were a force in your prime.

  8. DD is still the man. Got to meet him at CFL week in Regina and he seemed like a great guy

  9. Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:22 am //

    Thanks Doubles for pouring your heart and soul into the Rider during your time in Regina, and thanks also for your outstanding performance during the 2013 playoffs which culminated in the most enjoyable game ever played in Taylor Field. Watching you and the Riders dominate in the 2013 Grey Cup here at home, will remain one of my most cherished memories. Good luck in wherever the future takes you.

  10. Where's Shultz? // May 11, 2018 at 9:33 am //

    Now there are 2 teams looking for a #2 QB. Should make for some interesting trades at least.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:49 am //

      I dont know if anyone has an experienced backup they would be willing to trade at this stage. It seems more likely that some unsigned retreads like Dan Lefevour may get some offers.

  11. DD a good guy and great example to the new QBs joining the CFL. From practice roster to Grey Cup Champ and a solid career. Stick with it listen and learn and anything is possible. Best of luck to Darian and his family and as they say for the Bombers – NEXT MAN UP.

  12. Met and talked with him at the GC in Winnipeg, a friendly and approachable guy. He is a Rider great, and I look forward to us honoring him in the future!

  13. Classy Guy??…quit one week before training camp. Good luck selling vacuums door to door.
    Bombers are better off today !!

  14. I wonder if he will be a HOF candidate at some point?

  15. Just saying // May 11, 2018 at 10:22 am //

    Why did they pay $70,000 bonus? Wow now that shows desperation on the bombers. He gone

  16. Tinhead296 // May 11, 2018 at 10:22 am //

    Best of luck Darian whatever your future holds. I guess every athlete knows when his heart is not in it anymore. Winning the Grey Cup on home turf will always be the highlight of your career and great memories for all of Rider Nation. You will always be a Rider in our hearts. We all know you will be back here in a few years in the plaza of honor. See you then and congratulations on being a new father.

  17. Pretty classy way to go out, I’m sure it’s not easy to give up the game when age catches up. The mind still willing but the body not able. Good Luck!

  18. Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 11, 2018 at 10:25 am //

    ♫♫ “I’d rather be retired than a f#*king Blue Bomber!” ♫♫

    • Bomber Fan In The Stands // May 11, 2018 at 10:37 am //

      Can’t wait for the Bombers to stomp a mud hole at your crappy stadium with your Stamps.

      • Jeff Garcia’s Agent is no stamps fan. He is in fact a rider fan.
        Rider fans noses are quite out of joint this morning. There is a particular event happening in your city that is driving them nuts with envy, something that’s a pipe dream for them.

        • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 11:02 am //

          You are so pathetic it is not even funny anymore. Your mom has my deepest sympathy for having to live with a disturbed nut job like you. I hope she has the good sense to lock her bedroom door at night.

  19. BC Bomber // May 11, 2018 at 10:44 am //

    I was initially disappointed in Durant taking the $ and running, but it’s business. I imagine he intended to play when he signed in the ‘Peg, but had a change of heart. Teams cut players all the time, so I guess players can cut their teams, too. And who among us would return the 70k? Good luck, DD!

    • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 2:23 pm //

      Teams cut players to avoid paying the bonus so unless DD comments “I would have quit sooner but I hung around for the bonus”, I have no problems with it.

      The only part I don’t like is that he seems to have ignored his employer’s request to be notified.

    • True green // May 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm //

      Exactly my sentiments. How many players get cut before a bonus or dropped out of a contract? That’s cfl business.

  20. Margaret Marshall // May 11, 2018 at 10:48 am //

    Congratulations to Darian Durant on his transition to the next phase of his life. This is a wise move as knowing when to make a change is important in a game where injuries can have long term repercussions. Durant was the face of th Riders. 2013 was a magical season for the fans and team. Darian helped make it happen. Athletes live their lives backwards as they need to retire when they reach their prime. People really hit their stride in their 30s but not athletes so much. By 35 the clock is ticking and winding down. All the best Darian to you and your family. Love that you have a daughter with a middle name of Taylor. Well done

  21. Fear of a no-win season, and the fact that their shiny new quarterback acquisition will not complete a pass this season, has got rider fans in a state of anxiety.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 11:34 am //


      • Awesome watching you get owned Lancaster

        • True green // May 11, 2018 at 10:26 pm //

          How is Lancaster owned? Red does nothing but comments first on Rider threads and make assignments comments in general. If anyone it’s owned it’s Red. He Riders rent his entire head space for free (not very roomy in there unfortunately).

          • Puck hog // May 12, 2018 at 7:49 am //

            True Green, Stamps is just another of Red’s pen names. I know……how sad and pathetic is it when the dumb bum has to get into conversations with himself on this forum? His jealousy of the Riders has truly put him over the edge. One more Rider win over the Stamps may cause him a total mental breakdown…….if it hasn’t occurred already.

  22. Paul Bomber // May 11, 2018 at 10:59 am //

    Nothing has changed: the Bombers have no plan after Nichols & Durant is a punk.

  23. Durant’s legendary performance in the 2013 playoffs was the greatest postseason performance in the history of pro football.

    In the WSF especially, Durant put the team on his back and carried them. Without that, they never get past BC.

    Go back and watch the games again and take a look at what he did in that three game championship run:

    60/77 for a 77.9% completion rate
    795 yards passing
    8 passing TDs
    0 INTs
    17 carries for 141 rushing yards

    Always loved how Durant worse shirtsleeves in those games despite the brutally cold temperatures in WSF at home and the WDF in Calgary.

    A true warrior and an all time legend in Regina for delivering that 2013 Grey Cup
    at home.

    • Area51 that’s the best comment you’ve ever made….sure I’m bias, but you are totally correct!

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 11:39 am //

      Sheets got the grey cup mvp, but darian’s play was a huge factor in getting them there and winning. I always thought the same as you, it was one of the best 3 consecutive playoff game performances ever. I think his QB efficiency rating was around 140, maybe even higher. A legendary performance.

    • True green // May 11, 2018 at 10:32 pm //

      AM I just being biased as a big Durant fan? or do I somehow want to forgive you for hundreds of other comments?… I’m sure you don’t care either way but I will thank you for that post. I’ve defended DD for years but not being an eloquent debater in the realm of sports I’ve struggled to state my point. I should copy yours for future argument value!

  24. Wideout // May 11, 2018 at 11:18 am //

    Not overly surprised. Once you’ve played for the class of the league for 10 years it’s kinda tough to be into it somewhere else.

  25. There has to be more to this story , a true professional doesn’t walk away from a team 2 weeks before camp that paid him a bonus to sign

    I believe Mr.Durant will speak to the subject.

    • Nobody (except perhaps blind green fanbois) would ever accuse Durant of being a professional.

      • Take this // May 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm //

        Top bad you have no idea what you are talking about. Durant was a professional. Watch the playoff games from 2013. He led that team to the Grey Cup game. Perhaps someday when you are down, someone will kick you too. And I am not a Rider fan but definitely am a Durant fan. I think some of you make snide comments and probably only watch one or two games a year. If you actually watch every game, that is even worse because you obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

  26. Outwest // May 11, 2018 at 11:35 am //

    He was always a solid role model for young fans and the game which can’t be said for a few of the current players on that team. Not a fan of the team but I am of the league and the game and I give a tip of my hat to any player that did the league well and DD did just that.

    Best of luck to you sir in your future endeavours.

  27. Outwest // May 11, 2018 at 11:39 am //

    I’ll also add, it doesn’t bother me in the least when these players stick it to one of these teams. We’ve seen it time and again when they get let go from a contract or get the boot and get screwed out of their bonuses, power to a player when they get the chance to do the same.

  28. Scottsask // May 11, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    Congrats on a great career Darian, 2013 will always be remembered as the greatest Grey Cup run ever.

  29. Durant retired because he wanted to play for a loser,(the Sliders); unfortunately Jones did not want him back because he doesn’t do drugs, (smoke weed)..LOL.

  30. What a loser move by Durant. He didn’t even inform the Bombers of his decision.Low class must still have the “green” in him based on this classless move.

  31. Where's Shultz? // May 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm //

    So who’s gonna backup Nichol’s (and also Bo Levi)? LeFevour might get an offer to come back but he’s definitely not a long term solution. Drew Tate is still in MTL right? Maybe Kavis makes a deal.

    • Tate retired.
      There are rumors of him coming to Calgary

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm //

        Desperate times call for desperate measures. No faith in Stanzi?

        • A ridernation is the last fan base in the league I will have a conversation about personnel with. You have no ground to stand on

          • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm //

            Does that mean you will stay off rider based stories? (I ask hopefully)

          • Stamps are hooped this season! You know it and you’re just off season scared. Get it all out now Rouge you kitten. When the men play your young’ins you’ll see the league destroy. And say hi to your daughters for me. They’ll know Ivan.

  32. Dan Bombers // May 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm //

    Still too pumped about the jets win to care about this but no backup qb will be a problem

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm //

      Congrats to the Jets on that huge victory. The only way it could have been better was if they had done in on home ice in game 6. On the other hand, winning a game 7 in hostile Nashville was all kinds of impressive. Good luck to the jets the rest of the way.

  33. Durant didn’t even notify his own team. Classy Darian being classy Darian.

    • Regina will always be Durant’s team – – never Winnipeg.

      If anything, Durant would have caked up the Riders and said “hey, watch what I’m going to do to the Bombers today” then everyone would have had a good laugh.

  34. Take this // May 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm //

    If you listen to interviews with Durant, he says his agent told the Bombers three or four weeks ago that there was a possibility that he may retire. It sounds like the Bombers are blowing smoke.

  35. Bomberooski // May 11, 2018 at 9:39 pm //

    Kept the $70,000 signing bonus, also Really screwed with the salary cap too. They could have used the extra cap space to keep players like Westerman or Heath or to get a quality free agent when there were still some quality players available. A excellent QB in his day but not a classy final move as a player. Also can’t believe the Bombers would give $70,000 to a player who was clearly past his expiry date.

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