Peter Dyakowski has announced his official retirement from football.
Dyakowski, an offensive guard, played the first 10 seasons of his 11-year-career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before finishing up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
He won a national championship as a starter at LSU in 2004, was a CFL East Division all-star for the Ticats in 2012, and was twice named a CFLPA league all-star. The Ticats released him before the 2017 season and he ended his CFL career with a year in Saskatchewan.
Widely known for his wit and intelligence, Dyakowski was one of the dominant “faces” of Hamilton football for a decade and is still a public figure in the city. He was named Canada’s Smartest Person in 2012 by the CBC-TV reality show of the same name and appeared on the game show Jeopardy!
“Peter was a great teammate,” said Jeremiah Masoli, who played with Dyakowski for four years, “A great sense of humour, a super-funny, super-smart, guy. He’d strike up a conversation with literally anybody about anything. He’s been missed around here since he left. He had a great career and I congratulate him.”
Dyakowski released a statement through the team.
“Looking back on the 12 years since the Ticats drafted me, and looking around myself today, I have nearly too much to be thankful for. I worked and played alongside many of the best people in Canadian football, saw my team become a perennial contender, and somehow wound up with a beautiful wife and two perfect* children. I’ve experienced the highest highs in this city with this team, and I lived through points that were as low as low gets. In both cases I was truly fortunate to have many amazing people helping me along. But no one will have space to print this if I thank everyone I ought to individually. So to everyone, the whole Tiger-Cats organization from top to bottom, Vancouver College, LSU (Geaux Tigers!), the entire CFL (especially the ‘Ders – love you guys), the doctors and therapists who put me back together whenever I broke, the equipment managers who tolerated me being the last guy out of the locker room every single day, nearly all of my past teammates, most of my coaches, and all the people of Hamilton, Thank You!”
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