Former Riders and Bombers receiver Ryan Smith retires

Former Riders and Bombers receiver Ryan Smith has retired, first reported by Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.

The Bombers made it official via a press release on the team’s website.

“Although this was an extremely difficult decision, it is one that I am ultimately comfortable with,” said Ryan Smith. “I have the opportunity to pursue interests outside of football, and I just feel this is the time for me to step away. I would truly like to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, my teammates, the CFL,  and the fans of the Blue Bombers. Most importantly, Mr. Wade Miller, Kyle Walters and Coach O’Shea for their understanding and support throughout this process, and ultimately my decision. I will miss the game and the great people in it, but this was the right decision for me at this time.”

Smith spent one year in Winnipeg after signing as a free agent prior to the 2016 season, playing in 11 games while making 53 receptions for 488 yards and one touchdown. He broke into the CFL with Saskatchewan and suited up for the Riders for two campaigns in 2014 and 2015. During his last year with the green and white he produced 991 yards on 59 catches to go with seven touchdowns in 16 games.

Here’s Smith’s statement released via Twitter:

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