A knight’s farewell: Former Most Outstanding Lineman SirVincent Rogers retires as a Redblack

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Former CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman SirVincent Rogers has signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks.

Rogers suited up with the Redblacks for four seasons from 2015-2018, reaching the Grey Cup game three times, winning it all in 2016. He was named the league’s top lineman in 2015, a season that saw the second-year franchise make it to the championship game.

“SirV played a huge part of some of the Redblacks earliest successes and biggest triumphs and we’re honoured he has chosen to end his wonderful playing career in Ottawa and with RNation,” said president and CEO Mark Goudie. ”

The 35-year-old from Jasper, Texas began his career with the Toronto Argonauts before coming to Ottawa. He signed with the Edmonton Elks following the 2018 season. In 90 regular season CFL games from 2013-2021, Rogers was named a CFL All-Star twice (2015, 2018) and East Division All-Star three times (2015, 2016, 2018).

“My mind can no longer will my body to play football at the level we’ve all been accustomed to. I’m very blessed and humbled to have this opportunity to officially retire from the great game of football. To do so as an Ottawa Redblack means more than I could ever articulate,” Rogers said in a statement.

“RNation, you are beyond amazing! I appreciate all the love and support from Day One. Our city, our team, our fanbase will forever be near and dear to my heart, and will now officially serve as the resting place of my football career. Thank you for having me; my body of work is forever yours!

Rogers was originally signed by Edmonton in 2019 but lost that entire season after sustaining a torn tricep injury in training camp. He returned in 2021, but managed just three games due to a chest injury. He was one of a number of veteran players released on the first day of Chris Jones’ new regime.

Now, Rogers has returned to Ottawa for a send-off worthy of his incredible career. RNation are sure to deliver.