Redblacks Canadian defensive back Jean-Philippe Bolduc retires

Ottawa Redblacks Canadian defensive back Jean-Philippe Bolduc is calling it a career.

Early Monday evening Bolduc took to Twitter to tweet out the announcement.

Bolduc was selected in the fifth round, 38th overall during the 2016 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. The Laval University product was a training camp casualty but quickly found a home in the nation’s capital, signing with the Redblacks just over a week after being released.

Bolduc was part of Ottawa’s Grey Cup winning squad in his rookie season, playing in eight games and making five special teams tackles.

During his four-year career, the Montreal native suited up for 61 games for the Redblacks, notching 15 tackles, 53 special teams tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

An occasional starter, Bolduc’s biggest impact was on special teams, where he featured heavily. With his retirement, Ottawa is losing not only his on the field contributions, but also his off-the field work too.

The 30-year-old Bolduc made a name for himself by being extremely active in the community; be it at QB Clubs, school presentations and helping run a camp for children with autism. A member of Ottawa’s “French Mafia” Bolduc was even nominated for the Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award in 2018, which is annually presented to a Canadian player for their contributions to their communities.

With Bolduc’s departure Paul LaPolice’s squad loses veteran Canadian depth and a key special teamer (he led the team in special teams tackles in 2019), but look for third-year pro Justin Howell or 2019 first round pick Adam Auclair to have the first crack at filling his role.

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