1,000-yard receiver Ricky Collins Jr. has retired from the CFL

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The CFL has lost the services of a 1,000-yard receiver.

Ricky Collins Jr. has announced his retirement from the CFL on Twitter, stepping away from the game at just 28 years of age.

Captioned with a simple peace out emoji, Collins shared this note with fans.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank GOD for blessing me with the opportunity to play the game of football as long as I have. As a child, I always told myself that one day I would be making plays on National TV, even though the odds were against me growing up in North Tyler.

To my parents, thank you for molding me into the man I’ve become today with all the life lessons, from learning how to walk and teaching me the true definition of responsibilities as a man.

To Edge Performance, thank you for dedicating your time in making sure that I was pushing my body to limits that I never knew I could reach throughout my career.

Finally, to the Green Bay Packers, Saskatchewan Roughriders, B.C. Lions and Edmonton [Football Team], thank you for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing the game of football at the highest level.”

The Edmonton Football Team released Collins Jr. on January 31 ahead of a $33,000 roster bonus coming due.

Collins had his best CFL season in 2019 when he caught 78 passes for 1,103 yards and three touchdowns in 17 games.

The Texas native opted out of his CFL contract in August to be available for an NFL opportunity. When one didn’t materialize, he opted back into his contract with Edmonton in early October.

Collins made 186 receptions for 2,434 yards and seven scores in 49 career games with Saskatchewan, B.C., and Edmonton.