Longtime Toronto Argonauts fullback Declan Cross retires after six seasons

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Toronto Argonauts’ fullback Declan Cross has announced his retirement from the CFL after six seasons with the Toronto Argonauts.

“Declan arrived as a relatively unknown draft pick and leaves as a two-time champion and fan favourite,” said Argonauts’ general manager Michael Clemons in a statement.

“He definitively exemplifies what it means to be an Argonaut; a fearless competitor on the field and a selfless contributor in the community. Whatever opportunities await him in the future, you can be certain he will attack them with the unequalled level of passion he brought to our family each and every day. While he’s announcing his retirement, he’ll always be an Argonaut.”

Cross was the longest-serving member of the Argos, joining the team as a fourth-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft. The Oakville, Ont., native appeared in 92 regular season games with Toronto, helping them win two Grey Cup titles in 2017 and 2022.

During his career, the 29-year-old had 83 catches for 740 yards and seven touchdowns while also adding 33 tackles on special teams. During the 2017 Grey Cup game, Cross made a critical catch in the end zone to help the Argos get the two-point conversion to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Along with his work on the field, Cross played a big part in the team’s work in the community and was Toronto’s nominee for the Jake Gaudaur Veteran’s Trophy in 2018, given to a player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canada’s veterans.