Veteran running back Tyrell Sutton retires from the CFL: ‘My time is done’

Veteran Canadian Football League running back Tyrell Sutton has retired from the pro game.

The 34-year-old shared the news with Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

“My time is done. I did what I could. I tried to put my name on the game and did it the right way. That’s about it. That’s all she wrote,” Sutton said.

“I’m 34. You can always find running backs; they’re a dime a dozen, especially Americans.”

Last season, Sutton helped Hamilton reach the Grey Cup with 203 rushing yards on 35 carries in only four games for the Tiger-Cats, while also making 11 catches for 126 yards and a major. In the Grey Cup, he carried the ball 11 times for 86 yards, three of his carries were for more than 10 yards.

“When the pandemic hit, I knew (a season) wasn’t going to happen. There was so much uncertainty around everything. The borders were shut down,” Sutton said. “There was no way of anybody coming in or going out. The last thing somebody’s going to do is fund a middle-level business that’s continuously losing money.”

Sutton made his CFL debut with the Montreal Alouettes in 2013. During the course of his six seasons with Montreal, he finished atop the CFL with 1,059 rushing yards in 2015. He did so on 180 carries and also scored five rushing touchdowns, on top of adding 334 yards and two touchdowns on 43 receptions, earning him a spot on the CFL all-star team.

“I’m not the only one (the lost season) screwed. It screwed a bunch of us, but I’m not going to say woe is me,” Sutton said.

“It messed up a lot of guys on the wrong side of 30 for the most part. It gave me a way to walk away from the game without actually being forced out of the game.”

In 77 career games, Sutton amassed 733 carries for 4,044 yards and 17 touchdowns while catching 189 passes for 1,665 yards and four majors.

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