Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Shea Emry is retiring after eight CFL seasons amid concussion concerns.
The Riders made the announcement this morning.
The six-foot, 228-pound Emry estimates he has suffered about 10 concussions playing football, including one in Saskatchewan’s season-opener that cost Emry the remainder of the 2015 campaign.
And with his second child due in May, the 29-year-old native of Richmond, B.C., has decided to leave football rather than take any more chances.
Emry was Montreal’s first-round pick in the 2008 CFL draft and quickly became its starting middle linebacker.
He spent six seasons with the Als winning two Grey Cups and amassing 261 tackles, 13 sacks and four interceptions before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in 2014.
Emry played in all 18 regular-season games with Toronto, registering 72 tackles before being dealt to Saskatchewan for defensive end Ricky Foley.
“I am sincerely grateful for my time in the CFL,’ stated Emry.
“I want to thank the teammates, coaches, and support staff I’ve had the honour of working alongside throughout my career. I have fulfilled a childhood dream by being able to play in the CFL for a living. And I look forward to fulfilling more dreams and adventures in this next chapter of my career.”
Emry says he will pursue men’s health advocacy and a new outdoor adventure club.