Two-time all-star defensive back Cariel Brooks retires from CFL

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Veteran defensive back Cariel Brooks has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 32-year-old entered the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 2017 but was released before seeing any regular season action. He joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats shortly following his release and dressed for 70 games over five seasons with the team, recording 205 defensive tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions, and four forced fumbles.

The native of Miami Gardens, Fla. signed with the Ottawa Redblacks as a free agent in 2023 and played 10 games this past season, starting primarily at boundary halfback. He made 22 defensive tackles, one sack, one interception, and scored his first career touchdown.

The five-foot-ten, 200-pound defender was named an East Division all-star in 2018 and 2021 and a CFL all-star in 2021. He was not under contract for the 2024 season.

The Adams State product went unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft but spent two years with the Arizona Cardinals, recording one tackle over three games as a rookie.

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