Toronto Argonauts offensive tackle Rob Murphy has officially announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League. The outspoken lineman won't be having a conventional retirement news conference. He has invited reporters to celebrate over beers.
Murphy played 93 CFL games over six seasons and won a Grey Cup ring with the B.C. Lions. His 2011 season with the Argos was cut short by a knee injury which resulted in another in a long line of knee surgeries over his career. Murphy had long-earned a salary among the league's top tiers, and was no longer part of the Argos' plans for 2012.
"After 13 years of professional football that has spanned four leagues and three countries, I have decided to retire from the Canadian Football League," said Murphy in a statement inviting media to his official announcement on Thursday. "The memories and people I have met along the way have equalled the joy I got from physically dominating an opponent on the field."
Throughout his time in the CFL, Murphy became one of the top offensive tackles in the league. He was a three-time CFL all-star and twice named the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman.
"There comes a time in every athlete's career that they must assess where they are and what they have accomplished," continued Murphy. "At this point, I have accomplished all of my professional goals that I set forth for myself."
After a standout season at Ohio State University, he had stints in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. Murphy joined the Argonauts in 2009 and started 43 games for the Boatmen.
"Rob was one of the great offensive tackles in the league while he played. He had a physical presence that made everyone around him better," said Jim Barker, Argos general manager, who coached Murphy up until last season. "He was a consummate pro, was always prepared and we were never worried about the left tackle position when he was in the lineup."