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Former Riders and Ticats Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz expected to retire: report

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Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz is set to call it a career.

The 34-year-old has apparently decided to retire after a remarkable career in Canadian football.

After winning the Hec Crighton Trophy as the best player in CIS and now USports football in 2005 at Western University, Fantuz was selected in the first round, third overall, by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2006 CFL Draft.

He made an impact as a rookie and starred for the Riders in 2007 when Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg in the Grey Cup 23-19. That season Fantuz had 978 yards and seven touchdowns on 56 catches in the regular season and 16 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns in three playoff games, which featured 70 yards and one touchdown in the CFL title victory earning the Most Valuable Canadian award.

Fantuz played six seasons for the Riders making 289 receptions for 4,311 yards and 23 touchdowns in 77 games. Fantuz’s best statistical season came 2010 when he grabbed 87 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns, earning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

During free agency in 2012, Fantuz, the Chatham, Ont. native, returned close to home signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Fantuz set a career high in catches in 2016 and had already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving when he tore his ACL on an innocent looking play in an Oct. 28 game against the Edmonton Eskimos. Fantuz played six seasons for the Ticats making 348 catches for 4,502 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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