Linebacker Larry Dean Announces His Retirement, But He is Staying in Green and White

Four time all star lineman is announcing the end of his playing career, but the good news is Dean is staying with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Football Operations Department as Player Personnel Coordinator.

Dean started his pro career with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings after signing as an undrafted free agent. He went on to play three seasons with the “purple people eaters” getting into 48 regular season games, and one playoff game.

He then spent one season with the Buffalo Bills before crossing the lake to join the CFL and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He spent three years with the Tiger Cats, and a year in Edmonton before returning to Hamilton in 2020.

Dean signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2021, but missed the entire season with a torn Achilles. After a hard year of healing an rehab, Dean returned for the 2022 season where he racked up 101 tackles and added three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.   

At the age of 35, he had a great 2023 with more than 100 tackles, a West Division all-star nod, and was the Roughriders nominee for Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

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