Veteran defensive back Emanuel Davis has retired from the CFL.

Davis spent five seasons in Hamilton and one with Calgary for a total of six years in Canada.

“I’m thankful to the Hamilton Tiger Cats organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. I’d like to thank the fans and City of Hamilton for supporting me throughout my journey in the CFL. I’m honored to have been a part of such a wonderful organization and community,” Davis said in a statement. 

“To my teammates, managers and coaches, thank you for the lifelong memories and friendships. To my parents, wife, family and friends, thank you for the continuous support, encouragement and inspiration. Nothing will ever compare to the love and passion I have for the game of football, however I know this next phase of my life being a husband and father will be just as amazing. I’m blessed to have been given the opportunity to do what I love for so long. Now it’s time to take my skill set and help others as people have helped me.”

Davis played 79 career games, 77 starts, with the Ticats and Stampeders recording 246 tackles, eight for loss, 24 special teams stops, 14 interceptions – four returned for touchdowns – 37 pass knock downs, one quarterback sack, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The 5-11, 178-pounder was named a CFL all-star in 2015 and an East Division all-star twice with the Ticats in 2015 and 2016. He won the 106th Grey Cup as a member of the Stampeders in 2018.

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