Alouettes announce that Nik Lewis has retired

The Montreal Alouettes announced Thursday that slotback Nik Lewis has retired after 14 CFL seasons.

The Alouettes congratulated Lewis on a record-breaking career in a statement that came hours after the two-time Grey Cup champion released a video on YouTube saying the team granted him an unconditional release.

Lewis, 35, said in the video that he had already decided against returning as a player but had hoped to land another job with the Alouettes, where he played the last three seasons after 11 campaigns with the Calgary Stampeders.

“It was awesome, it was great,” Lewis said in the video. “Things come and go.

“At the moment we haven’t been able to work out anything moving forward. I don’t know if that will change in the future. I have asked for my release and I’ve been granted my release to pursue other options.”

He hopes find a job in football in some capacity, adding that “when I land on my feet somewhere, I’ll let you know.”

Lewis played 226 CFL games, winning two Grey Cups with Calgary. He made a record 1,051 catches for 13,775 yards and 71 touchdowns. He was named a CFL all-star three times and a divisional all star six times.

He thanked Montreal owners Robert and Andrew Wetenhall and former general manager Jim Popp for bringing him to Montreal in 2015 and wished the team success. He said that despite finishing 3-15 last season, the Alouettes locker room stayed positive and was confident the team would improve.

“Nik was an amazing player and a perfect example of consistency throughout his career. On behalf of the Alouettes organization I would like to thank him for everything that he has done for us,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in the team’s statement. He has been a great mentor for our young players and his contagious good mood will be missed in our locker room.”

– CP

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23 Comments on Alouettes announce that Nik Lewis has retired

  1. The always entertaining Nik Lewis! Too you didn’t retire as a Stamp. All the best.

  2. Jeremiah was a bullfrog // May 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    The ALS can grant him a release. He can sign a 1 day contract with Calgary and retire a Stampeder.

  3. Sorry to see a great player like Nike Lewis no longer playing as he was always a pleasure to watch. Good luck in your new opportunities!

  4. Fatty Lewis waddling off into the sunset.

    • Take it easy 51…he’s always been a classy guy, in and off field.

      • Fatty Lewis was always a puss who relied on cowardly crack back hits and – – the most cowardly of all – – cut blocks.

        Ask Kelly Wiltshire about that “classiness” – – had his knee shredded when Fatty Lewis cut him.

        As Wiltshire was lying on the tuff with his career finished, Fatty Lewis comes by to take a knee to pretend he’s praying and starts talking trash to him.

        Total puss.

    • Area. Say it to his face tough guy

    • Provemewrong // May 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm // Reply

      IQ of 51. There you go proving me right again.

  5. Reports are that Nik wants to sign a 1 day contract to retire a Rider.

  6. I’m sure after half the stadium cheered as he was gurnyed off the Mosaic turf chanting “I hope your career is over” , he would want nothing to do with the ride

  7. Green Apples // May 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm // Reply

    I thought Nik would maybe want to retire as a Stampeder but after further thought…I get it.

  8. He’s not retiring as a Rider, but he is going to be working for the Riders radio show now though. Which makes sense, he does live in Regina, after all

  9. Best of luck Nik, enjoy whatever you end up doing.

    • Good catch Saskatchewan, perfect fit for Nik and Riders as guest receiver coach. Best of luck in all future endeavors.

  10. Nik Lewis is not done playing, joining the riders in a backup/mentor role 2018.

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