A Riders franchise icon is at peace.
Those are the words of Darian Durant, who struggled with the idea of retirement from professional football.
But on Friday, the former quarterback of the Saskatchewan Roughriders made it official.
Speaking on 620 CKRM’s Sportscage Friday afternoon, Durant noted one of the, if not the biggest, deciding factors in his decision to retire was a recent addition to his family.
“I just had a daughter,” said Durant. “Being away from her for those three weeks, it was really tough for me.”
In the offseason, Durant signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and despite his and his wife’s best hopes, having a part time life in Winnipeg and in the United States just wasn’t going to work out.
“Found out from the wife she couldn’t come to Winnipeg as much as we had hope for, so I thought it was best if I just made the decision to stay home and be with my family more.”
The Bombers are at odds with a $70,000 bonus given to Durant after he signed. The team would like that back, but Durant said no.
When asked about the money, Durant said “I deserve it”
Durant added it his plan to announce a foundation in his name in Regina soon and that he will be spending time in the Queen City as he still owns a house here.