René Paredes eschews retirement, re-signs with Calgary Stampeders

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian kicker René Paredes to a contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

“I’m truly honoured and humbled to come back for my 12th season in the Red and White,” said Paredes in a statement. “I can’t wait to get back on the field next year and compete for a championship.”

The 37-year-old indicated after the season that there was a 50 percent chance the he would retire. The Concordia product has been working towards securing a career as a firefighter once his playing days are done.

“We’re pleased René has made the decision to continue his career and we welcome him back,” said Stampeders’ president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He is one of the greatest kickers in Canadian Football League history and his consistency and reliability since the beginning of his career have played an important role in our team’s success.”

Paredes led the league in scoring with 211 points this past season and made a CFL-best 54 field goals. He also set a new career-high with a pair of 53-yard field goals.

Born in Venezuela and raised in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Que., Paredes has been selected as a West Division all-star six times and a CFL all-star five times. He has won two Grey Cups as a member of the Stampeders and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2013. He has been a team captain for the past eight seasons.