B.C. Lions running back Jamal Robertson and receiver Ryan Thelwell have called it a CFL career less than a week after capturing a Grey Cup.
Robertson, 34, made 27 regular-season appearances since he joined the Lions as a free agent in 2010, recording 217 carries for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 73 receptions for 557 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He also suited up for the Toronto Argonauts and had stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.
For Thelwell, it’s his second retirement. He left pro football last January after 10 CFL seasons but joined the Lions late in the year when injuries hampered the club’s receiving corps. He appeared in two games for the Lions on special teams, giving him 161 for his career as well as his third Grey Cup championship.
The 38-year-old was drafted by the Lions in 1998 and played six seasons with them before joining the Calgary Stampeders in 2007. He stayed in Calgary through the 2010 season.
“Both Jamal and Ryan made valuable contributions to our club late in the season and played a key role in our success in the postseason,” Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement Thursday. “They are both quality football players and even higher quality individuals.”
The Lions defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34-23 in the Grey Cup last Sunday.
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