Veteran CFL running back C.J. Gable undecided about retirement

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Veteran Canadian Football League running back C.J. Gable hasn’t made a decision one way or another regarding retirement.

In February, Gable posted a cryptic picture to his Instagram account — it had cleats hanging from a goal post. Many believed that meant Gable was done with football.

“I was thinking about it, it’s still in the air. I was thinking maybe I just need to cut it down, I had a good run, played for awhile, and I just don’t really want to be away from my family for that long,” Gable, who now has a one-year-old daughter, said on The Rod Pedersen Show.

“I’m going to see how I feel. I’m still in shape and training, I’m always going to keep doing that, the routine is in my head since I’ve been doing it for years. I’m going to go day by day, if there is a season next year, maybe I will, maybe I won’t. I’m just really enjoying time with my family.”

The University of Southern California alum rushed for 1,001 yards in 14 games during the 2019 season with the Edmonton Football Team. It was his second straight year eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in the three-down game after rushing for 1,063 yards in 2018 for green and gold.

“It’s just how I feel, some days I want to play and then some days I don’t feel like doing all that. If I start playing the fire is going to come back no matter what because it’s just the competitive thing that I am, it can’t come out of me,” Gable said.

“I just love playing. When the time comes, I just really have to think, I will sit down and really, really think about how I’m feeling and is it worth me leaving? I’ll never stop wanting to play because it’s something I love to do.”

Gable has played eight seasons north of the border. He’s rushed 880 times for 4,803 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry, with 28 touchdowns on the ground. Known as a do-it-all back Gable caught 243 passes for 2,225 yards, 1,056 yards after catch, and 11 touchdowns. If Gable extends his career, every franchise could be an option.

“I’m a fee agent,” Gable said, “so I can go anywhere I want.”