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Friday, April 8, 2016

HEENAN RETIRES UNEXPECTEDLY

REGINA - Ben Heenan, the first player taken in the 2012 CFL draft, announced his retirement Thursday.

The six-foot-four, 316-pound offensive lineman made the stunning announcement in a release distributed by his agent, Dan Vertlieb.

Heenan, 26, had signed with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts following the 2015 season. He attended the Colts training camp and was injured but later rejoined the club's practice roster in November.   Heenan was waived by the Colts Thursday morning.

Heenan, a native of Grand Coulee, Sask., was selected first overall in the 2012 CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played three years with the club and was the starting right tackle on the Riders' Grey Cup-winning squad in 2013.

Heenan started 46 regular-season games with Saskatchewan before signing with the Colts in February 2015.

"My achievements in football simply would not have happened without the outstanding people I have had in my corner, and I will be forever grateful to everyone who helped me play the game for as long as I did,'' Heenan said in a statement. "I look forward to seeing what life has to offer after football.

(The Canadian Press)

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is quite the shock!

Larry said...

Did his knee not recover?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the memories. Best of luck in future endeavors.

Anonymous said...

Did not want to play for Jones and Murphy but is to nice a guy to say so and so he retired.

Look at some of his earlier comments if you do not believe this.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this...best of luck, Ben!

LA

Anonymous said...

OMG, guys, Roddy had lunch with Bruce Franklin and is keeping us in suspense by not announcing his name....oooooo, ahhhh, we should all be amazed by his connections.....especially someone like Bruce who's a bigger unapproachable ego maniac than Roddy.

Anonymous said...

Go find them. Copy and paste them here with the publication they originated in and I'll believe your BS.

Anonymous said...

He retired to go home to the family farm you annonomous idiot number 4.

Anonymous said...

What relevance does this have to anything, other than to demonstrate you're a jealous, pathetic, needle d1ck coward?

Morgan said...

If someone doesn't want to play for Jones and Murphy then I wouldn't want them on my team anyways. Clearly that person doesn't want to be held accountable for their own actions.

Anonymous said...

>>Did not want to play for Jones and Murphy<<
He's not even a Rider you fricken No brainer Anon #4
Ben is an Indianapolis Colt!
He loves everything about the SK Roughriders. Read the post!
His Injury and being on the practice roster has everything to do with his decision.
It's unfortunate but it's Ben's decision to retire

Reginald of Regina

Anonymous said...

This was just a matter of time. He's just too slow to compete at the pro level.

Anonymous said...

Dear Saskatchewan Corn Cobs,

At the tender age of 26 it won't be long before the good ole boy Heenan slips back into his playing tights on behalf of the REDBLACKS of Ottawa or the Calgary Stampeders. He's just ready for the Roughriders.

Shush... Tiffany Lizee on the tube, gotta go.

Anonymous said...

Ben is a good friend of mine. He retired to come home to Sask because it is the only place in the world that makes sense right now...what with Brad Walls ass whooping of Cam Broken this week.

Suck it NDP ers

Doug Fecker said...

Here is what I think, and I am going out on a limb here: In one year time Ben will either get the itch to play football again and suit up as a Rider in the new Stadium, or he will not get the itch to play again and will stay retired for good. We have seen it happen before!

Anonymous said...

So Ben retired because Brad Wall won the election - LOL. Yep, I bet that is it!

This Guy said...

Wow what insight. He is going to stay retired or come out of retirement.

what kind of odds can I get in Vegas for that?

Anonymous said...

Farming trumps football

Anonymous said...

He's just not ready for the Roughriders as they enter prime time 2016+

Anonymous said...

There are quite a few Doug Feckers where I work!

Randolph said...

People forget that these guys, in many cases, play a violent, physical game from the time they are seven or eight which in Ben's case would be eighteen years in the game.

Maybe he doesn't want to hit 50 facing a knee or hip transplant, and enjoy life with his family. Whatever the reason, thanks Ben for your Rider years. You can look back on your career with pride, knowing you played top-notch ball with the best of them.

3RD and 1 said...

WRONG... Again another no brain comment. Even if Ben was eventually cut from Indianapolis. Which he was not! He was well on his way at a young age and would have been a star Olineman in the CFL. What is wrong with some of you people. Is it a lack of brain cells or some kind of feeble attempt that you know more about football than everyone on the Colts and Riders.

3RD and 1 said...

Even though your comment is stating the obvious. At least it's not ridiculous and made up like Anon #4 or some of the other BS that was written. However writing that Ben is either going to stay in football or stay out of football is a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

Who is that high pitched whiner arguing with Toronto sports guy that was on your radio show. Awful!

Anonymous said...

He lived every Saskatchewan boys dream... retire from professional sports early to run the family farm.

Anonymous said...

Ben Heenan was waived by the Colts yesterday. Here is the link to an article that mentions it:

https://horseshoeheroes.com/2016/04/07/colts-sign-wrs-josh-boyce-brian-tyms-waive-og-ben-heenan/

While I agree that the first poster should shut up, if you're going to be critical of another person's football knowledge, take six seconds and do some research.

Agreed Heenan still had a career in the CFL.

Doovy 49 said...

When you retire from farming you retire a multi-millionare.(more so in the Grand Coulee area). When you retire from football you have a pissy little pension and the body of a 60 year old. Smart move Ben.

Anonymous said...

He was actually released from the colts yesterday guys. go look on their twitter

Anonymous said...

Big farmers... hopefully something hasn't happened where he was rushed into learning the ropes and getting the torch passed earlier than expected.

Anonymous said...

Lesson learned. Don't draft a U of S Huskie ever again anymore. Towriss and the idiot coaching staff knock every once of fun out of the game and the players are soft before they turn pro. Lots of examples. Heenan, Dylan Barker, David Stevens.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the fellow who suggests he may return to football if he gets the itch to do so, but even if he does get the itch he may still stay retired so we will leave it up to him and wait and see how the future unfolds for the great Ben Heenan and his life without football and on a tractor in the golden fields in our wonderful province of Saskatchewan - better then him suiting up as a Blue Bomber or an Eskimo.

Anonymous said...

The family farm - most of these guys have never changed oil in a tractor but now they wanted to be big time farmers. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

Farmers never really retire. They might pass off management to the next generation but they'll help out till they die. Guys like Ben do it for the lifestyle, not the money.

Anonymous said...

Above picture caotion,
Two Saskatchewan Corn Cobs.

Anonymous said...

Heenan has been a bit of head case even with the last GM and coach, and has no knowledge of this group other than they are winners. He was never sure what he wanted and it was unsure if that was the CFL, NFL or being a long haul trucker!!!!! He always seemed all over the map and short on commitment.

The trolls who make ridiculous comments are again out from under the bridge. They know nothing! Contribute nothing! Yet they take up space on planet earth and contribute to the calibre of the earths air by breathing and using it up. They are no benefit to sport or mankind.

We've seem these prima donnas like Heenan before, and betting within a year he will announce he again has the "itch" and will suit up with the Riders once they are domiciled in their new digs.

Anonymous said...

Tiffany Lizee so hot

Scratch said...

Life's an itch!!

Anonymous said...

Whats more fun? Riding around on a tractor with a coffee thermos listening to the Sports Cage, or running laps, blocking 350 pound athletes and sitting in endless team meeting listening to your coach babble?

"Green acres is the place to be, farm living is the life for me, land spreading out so far and wide, keep Regina just give me that country side! Goodbye city life, green acres we are there"

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Hey! hey! hey! I saw her first!

Anonymous said...

In other news.

While the rest of Canada's unemployment rates "decreases" (7.1) across the land with one exception. The exception being the SP/PC run Province of Saskatchewan which now has a "Increase" of 6.9. Huh?

Nostradamus

Anonymous said...

That's simple to figure out. After an election where the NDP gets their azz handed to them. All of the extra people hired to run, protect and charge Union fees have to be dumped. Without the Provincal Government paying the Unions in every loop hole and Grant possible. They can not afford all that extra, over paid man power they didn't need in the first place. So the unemployment rate takes a bit of a hike to begin with.
Fortunately they have no more recourse. Re: zoot suit riots. LOL

keep your pay cheque your own. Don't allow the pillaging By the local union.

U.R. Nolongerstuck

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Ben. A combination of the knee and maybe tired of football who knows. He lived a Sask boys dream, played for the Riders and won a Grey Cup at Taylor field.what else can you ask for??

Anonymous said...

Dear Ben,

All the best in shredding some weight big guy! I know you look forward to being down to about 230 lbs by this time next year. Won't be long we will see you running out on the old ball diamond.