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The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club announced today that veteran defensive back Eddie Davis has announced his retirement from the CFL.
“I want to thank everyone that’s ever been involved in my football career but football is over for me,” stated Davis. “Having time to think, think, and think some more, I’m happy to say that football needs me more than I need football, but nobody needs me more than my family.”
“I want to thank the Province of Saskatchewan, the fans and Rider nation as a whole,” he continued. “Thanks to Roy Shivers for giving me the opportunity to play this game I love. Thanks to Wally Buono, Richie Hall and every coach and player I’ve ever been associated with. You guys made me what I am today.”
Davis has played 15 years in the CFL, the last nine of which were spent with the Green and White. Over the course of his career, the 37-year old has played a total of 236 CFL games and amassed 801 defensive tackles, 112 special team tackles, 111 pass knockdowns, 34 interceptions and 16 quarterback sacks. He was also named a CFL All-Star four times and a West Division All-Star five times. He captured two Grey Cups – one with the Calgary Stampeders in 1998 and the other with the Riders in 2007.
“It’s a sad day for us in Riderville, but we understand that Eddie must to do what is best for him and his family,” stated Rider Head Coach/VP of Football Operations Ken Miller. “We want to thank Eddie for all he has done and given to this team. He has been a true leader on and off the field and although he will be missed, we wish him all the best in his future.”
The Northern Illinois product joined the CFL in May, 1995 when he signed as a free agent with the Birmingham Barracudas. He was then selected in the 1996 U.S. team dispersal draft by the Calgary Stampeders where he remained until signing with the Riders in 2001.
“I’d like to wish the Roughriders and the guys in the locker room continued success,” concluded Davis. “Football has been a part of my life for 22 years, but now it is time for my family to be first.”