Andy Fantuz, one of the best Canadian receivers ever, retires

Andy Fantuz, one of the best Canadian receivers to ever play the game, has retired.

The 34-year-old played 12 seasons for Saskatchewan and Hamilton and finishes fourth all-time among Canadians in catches with 637. He also registered 8,363 yards, good enough for ninth all-time among nationals. He was the  CFL’s 2010 Most Outstanding Canadian and played in five Grey Cup games, winning once with the Riders in 2007.

The Chatham, Ontario native also had a stellar university career, setting CIS and Ontario University Athletics marks for career receiving yards (4,123), single-season receiving yards (1,300 in 2002), career receptions (189) and career touchdown receptions (41).  He won Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in CIS football in 2005.

Fantuz issued a statement through the club.

“Thank you ALL! It has been an honour to represent the Tiger-Cats and Roughriders organizations, both on and off the field, for the past 12 years. The support from these two communities, and incredible reception I felt from all CFL cities, is what makes this game so special. I will keep you all in my heart forever.

“I want to thank my family and friends for their unconditional support. I want to thank my coaches, trainers, equipment staff, front office, support staff, media and volunteers for all the memories of this game I’ll never forget. To my teammates, I’m grateful to have gone to battle with talented athletes, strategized with incredible football minds, and developed lasting friendships with great people. To all the children out there with a dream – I was once a boy with a dream myself – believe me; everything that you can imagine is possible!”

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