Edmonton Football Team general manager and vice-president of football operations Brock Sunderland has released a statement on behalf of the team to thank veteran defensive tackle Almondo Sewell for his service to the team.
Almondo Sewell is a Hall of Fame person and player. We can’t thank him enough for all he has done for our organization on and off the field. In discussions over the past month we tried to reach an agreement that would work for all parties and ultimately realized that we wouldn’t be able to get that done. He will go down as one of the best players in team history and we wish him continued success in his future endeavours, both personally and professionally. Once. Always.
The 34-year old Sewell released his own statement earlier Tuesday to say goodbye to the only franchise he’s ever known.
The six-foot-four, 288-pound interior defender has posted 282 tackles and 60 sacks over 139 dominant games in Edmonton. The six-time league all-star won a Grey Cup with the team in 2015 and is one of the most disruptive linemen in the CFL.
Sewell’s production is enough for him to somersault his way into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame once his playing days are over, but they’ll continue elsewhere for now.