Regina native, Riders running back Atlee Simon retires from pro football

Photo courtesy: Regina Rams

Regina native and Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Atlee Simon has retired from professional football.

Simon shared the news on his Instagram account:

The game of football has done more for me than words can describe. From life lessons to life long bonds, it tends to leave a lasting impact on anyone who is fortunate to participate in it. Unfortunately, good things always seem come to an end at some point.

Today, I decided to hang the cleats up for good, and even though my professional career ended before it could really start. I am ready for the next chapter of my life and to apply all that I have learned through the game we love. 

Simon initially signed with the Riders last October and spent the rest of the 2019 season on the practice roster.

He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the sixth round, 50th overall during the 2018 CFL draft. Simon had a strong University of Regina career as the star running back for the Rams. During Simon’s five-year university career he became Regina’s all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and touchdowns scored.

Simon accumulated 3,295 rushing yards, 22 rushing touchdowns over his time with the Rams. He caught 64 passes for 727 yards and nine touchdowns. His career total of 4,134 all-purpose yards ranks second to former Riders fullback Neal Hughes in program history.