Former running back Kenton Keith should be allowed to retire with the Riders

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Former Saskatchewan running back Kenton Keith just wants to retire as a member of the Roughriders.

Keith played for Saskatchewan from 2003 to 2006, running for 3,811 yards on 610 carries (6.2 yards per carry) with 21 touchdowns in 43 games. He also added 126 catches for 1,178 yards and eight majors through the air.

He was a West Division all-star in 2006 after rushing for 1,037 yards on 167 carries and catching 30 passes for 408 yards with five total touchdowns.

Keith’s best rushing campaign came in 2004 when he gained 1,154 yards on 190 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns in 14 games. That earned him West Division all-star status for the second time as a Rider.

During the four seasons Keith was in Saskatchewan the Riders posted marks of 11-7, 9-9, 9-9, and 9-9, making the playoffs each year. Current general manager Jeremy O’Day was on all of those teams with Keith. It should be easy for his former teammate to provide the opportunity for a proper send off for Keith.

Based on Keith’s production the green and white should allow him to sign a one-day contract and officially retire from the CFL with the team where he starred.