With many members of his family and former teammates on hand at Mosaic Stadium, Chris Getzlaf announced his retirement from the CFL on Thursday morning.
The 11 year vet spent a majority of his time in a Rider uniform, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he officially became one as he came over in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Regina native then spent nine years with the team before joining the Eskimos in 2016 and coming back late in the 2017 season.
“Football has given me all kind of opportunities,” Getzlaf said. “Its given me a great way to make a living doing something that I love. Its been a great way to develop relationships that will never be forgotten. It’s allowed me to speak publicly to people and hopefully pass on the wisdom I have learned from this sport. It’s been great.”
The 34 year old Getzlaf ranks among the Riders’ all-time career receiving leaders with 368 receptions (5th), 5,694 yards (5th) and 37 touchdowns (6th).