Ticats’ RB Don Jackson says he’s moving on to ‘next chapter’ in apparent retirement announcement

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ running back Don Jackson has indicated that he will not be returning to the team next season, taking to social media to share an apparent retirement announcement.

The 29-year-old tweeted the following statement on Thursday afternoon: “It’s time to move on to my next chapter. Thank you Hamilton! Thank you Calgary! Thank you Canada! I appreciate the love and support over the years and I am grateful for every single person I connected with. Peace and love.”

Jackson has one-year remaining on his current contract with the Ticats. Though the post does not explicitly state that he is retiring, the four-year veteran appears to have played his last CFL game.

The five-foot-10, 205-pound ball carrier played in 10 games for Hamilton in 2022, carrying the ball 78 times for 299 yards and a touchdown. He also added 32 receptions for 227 yards and a major but was supplanted as the starter by teammate Wes Hills.

Jackson first joined the Ticats in 2021 and was viewed as an offensive catalyst, playing in four games down the stretch. He registered 44 carries for 245 yards and one rushing touchdown as well as eight receptions for 94 yards and one receiving touchdown in regular season action, before breaking out in the playoffs. In three postseason games, he added 40 carries for 200 yards and a touchdown, while catching nine passes for 67 yards.

The native of Sacramento, California first arrived in the CFL in 2018 with the Calgary Stampeders, playing two seasons with the club and winning the Grey Cup as a rookie. In 34 career CFL games, he tallied 340 carries for 1,714 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, also adding 84 receptions for 621 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

The University of Nevada product began his professional career with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. He played in three games in 2016, registering 10 carries for 32 yards.