John Chick announces his retirement

Defensive end John Chick, who won two Grey Cups with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, has retired.

“It has been an absolute privilege to football at all levels and an amazing honour to have been part of the CFL and its history,” said Chick in statement released by the Edmonton Eskimos, the team with whom he finished his career. ” I have always given football my all as it should be given nothing less and regardless of what stage of life I’m in, I will continue to do so.

“I have reached a very blessed point in my life to where my vocation demands more of me at this time than my occupation and am very happy to answer that call. This is not an end but a new beginning. I am forever indebted to the CFL and its fans for all the blessings and unforgettable memories. I pray I left a good mark on the game, its fans and all my brothers I played this great game with. God Bless.”

Chick won his first Grey Cup in his rookie season with the 2007 Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played six seasons with the Riders before signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a free agent in 2016.

The Ticats traded Chick to Edmonton, along with a fifth-round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, in exchange for the Eskimos second-round pick in this year’s draft.

In 125 career games, Chick registered 240 defensive tackles and 72 quarterback sacks.