Re-up the Ante: Elks extend Canadian running back Ante Litre

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The Edmonton Elks have re-signed Canadian running back Ante Litre to a one-year contract extension.

The 28-year-old returns for a second season in Edmonton after rushing for a career-high of 241 yards on 54 carries and adding a touchdown in 2022. He also caught 16 passes for 89 yards and amassed seven special teams tackles while suiting up for all 18 games.

“I’m coming back because we have a lot of unfinished business from last year,” Litre said in a statement. “I believe in my teammates, I believe in the coaches, I’ve got a lot of faith in this team. I think we can make a good run at the Grey Cup this year, so I’m excited to get back to work with everybody.” 

Originally selected 28th overall in the 2017 CFL Draft out of Simon Fraser University, Litre spent the first four seasons of his career with the Calgary Stampeders, winning a Grey Cup in 2018.

In 73 career regular-season games, Litre has recorded 41 receptions for 319 yards, and 147 carried for 519 yards with three touchdowns. The six-foot, 229-pound back has also appeared in six postseason games.

“Edmonton is going to get the best version of Ante Litre,” his statement continued. “I’m going to come in the best shape I’ve ever been. There’s not going to be any gas spared in the tank for this run this year.”