Manny Show complete: Emmanuel Arceneaux retires following 11-year CFL career

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Emmanuel Arceneaux has announced his retirement following an 11-year career in the CFL.

“Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey. It wasn’t easy, but together we made it through!” wrote Arceneaux in a statement. “The late nights, early mornings, injuries, wins, and losses. I’ve seen it all and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Grateful to the Lord for 14 seasons of professional football.”

The 36-year-old was a member of the B.C. Lions during the 2009 and 2010 seasons before embarking on a two-year NFL stint with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Football Team, and New York Jets. He rejoined the Lions in 2013 and remained with the team for six season, earning three West Division all-star selections and two CFL all-star selections.

The native of Alexandria, La. signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019 but wasn’t retained following a one-year stint with the team. He played for the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League in 2021 before returning to the CFL as a member of the Edmonton Elks in 2022 and 2023.

The six-foot-two, 218-pound target has finished his CFL career with 645 catches for 9,277 yards, and 58 touchdowns over 164 regular season games. He also won the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2022, which is given to a player with outstanding sportsmanship and community contributions.

Arceneaux released the following video commemorating his retirement.