Calgary Stampeders’ DL Mike Moore retires from CFL

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Calgary Stampeders’ defensive lineman Mike Moore has announced his retirement from the CFL.

“Walking away from this game is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life. I want to thank the people who believed in me and helped develop me into the player I know I can be,” Moore wrote on Instagram.

“It was a very hard decision to come up with but me and my family are ready to start the next chapter of our lives and are thankful for the experience that we have gotten. Going into retirement from the game but happy with what I have accomplished.”

The six-foot-four, 269-pound defender signed with the Stampeders last month following his release from the Montreal Alouettes.

Moore played 66 career games as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks, Edmonton Elks and Alouettes. He recorded 101 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 23 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one blocked kick. The Virginia product also made nine tackles and two sacks in four career postseason games.

The 29-year-old was named a West Division all-star with Edmonton in 2019 and led Montreal in sacks this past season with six. His father, Shawn, played quarterback at the professional level for Calgary as well as the Ottawa Rough Riders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Denver Broncos. He also attended the University of Virginia.

Moore played 47 games over four seasons with the Cavaliers, seeing action at defensive line and linebacker. He recorded 108 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, five pass knockdowns, four fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.