Canadian defensive back Taylor Loffler retires from the CFL

Canadian defensive back Taylor Loffler has decided to retire from the CFL.

What a run it was. Today I officially announced my retirement from the game that holds a special place in my heart. There were many ups and downs but I will never forget the many memories and great people that I met along the way, Loffler wrote on Instagram.

It was a bumpy road from Boise State where I medically retired to UBC where we won a national championship. I want to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for giving me a chance even with my prior medical record. For the Montreal Alouettes giving me the chance to play out east.

Also a huge thanks to my teammates who made it a blast to come into practice everyday and the fans who supported rain and shine!

According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji: Loffler had not signed with a team this off-season, but did have offers on the table.

The 29-year-old briefly retired after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee while playing in the NCAA for Boise State University. He returned to football with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in 2015, winning the Vanier Cup, the Canadian university national championship.

Loffler was selected in the third round, 19th overall during the 2016 CFL draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He appeared in 50 games over three seasons in Winnipeg, recording 185 tackles, eight interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and one sack. The Kelowna, B.C. native was named an CFL all-star in each of those seasons.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound safety signed a two-year contract with Montreal in February 2019. He appeared in six games for the Alouettes that season, recording 27 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble, prior to suffering a torn left ACL.

Loffler was planning a comeback from the injury in 2020, but after the cancelled season he has decided to move on from football.

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