Alouettes’ long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron retires from CFL

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Montreal Alouettes’ long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron has announced his retirement from the CFL. He was signed to a contract extension in December.

In 97 career CFL games, Caron registered 24 special teams tackles. He is retiring from the game in order to become an air traffic controller.

“This is a job I’ve been aiming for years and I couldn’t miss this opportunity. The decision to leave football was not easy especially since I was playing for the Alouettes, my childhood team,” Caron said in a statement. “I will miss my teammates and the organization, and I want to thank the fans who have always supported me on the field.”

The 29-year-old was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2016 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeder, going on to win two Grey Cups in four seasons with the club. He spent his final two campaigns with the Alouettes after signing in free agency ahead of the 2021 season.

The Laval product played all 18 regular season games for the team in 2022 as well as the East Semi-Final and East Final. He made four special team tackles and helped kicker David Côté connect on 86.3 percent of his field goals, which ranked fourth in the CFL. He also finished second in the league in converts at 97.3 percent.

“I would like to thank Pierre-Luc for his excellent work with us,” general manager Danny Maciocia said in a statement. “He has been a role model with his work ethic and we completely understand his decision. We wish him the best of luck in the future”.