Stamps OL Pierre Lavertu retires citing injury issues

Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu has announced his retirement from the CFL, citing injury issues.

The 27-year-old was the first overall selection in the 2014 CFL draft after the Stamps traded John Gott to Ottawa for the pick.

“I worked hard to return to the field but after consulting with doctors, it was determined that it would not be possible for me to get healthy enough to perform at the level that I expect of myself,” said Lavertu in a statement. “It’s a difficult decision for me to stop playing the game I love, but I will always be a Stampeder. I thank the team for believing in me and giving me a chance to play for the best organization and the best fans in the CFL. I especially want to thank Coach Dickenson and Coach DelMonaco for everything they have done for me over the years,” Lavertu said in a statement.

“I also want to say thank you to all of my teammates and wish all of them the best for the upcoming season and beyond.”

He played in 41 games over four seasons with 29 starts – none in 2017. He was a West Division all-star in 2015.

“Pierre was a force on the offensive line for us when he was on the field and it’s very unfortunate that injuries have cut his career short,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel in a statement. “I thank him for his efforts over the past four years and wish him the best in the future.”