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Friday, March 31, 2017

FORMER RIDER RYAN SMITH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

WINNIPEG, MB., March 31, 2017 –Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Ryan Smith today announces his retirement from professional football.

"Although this was an extremely difficult decision, it is one that I am ultimately comfortable with," said Smith. "I have the opportunity to pursue interests outside of football, and I just feel this is the time for me to step away. I would truly like to thank the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, my teammates, the CFL,  and the fans of the Blue Bombers. Most importantly, Mr. Wade Miller, Kyle Walters and Coach O'Shea for their understanding and support throughout this process, and ultimately my decision. I will miss the game and the great people in it, but this was the right decision for me at this time."

Smith joined the Bombers in February 2016 as a free agent after spending his first two CFL seasons with Saskatchewan. Last year, Smith accumulated 488 yards on 53 carries for one touchdown in 11 games. His best performance came in the Western Semi-Final against the BC Lions where he posted 106 yards on seven receptions for two scores.

In 2015, the North Dakota State product led the Riders in receiving yards and touchdowns, finishing with 59 receptions for 991 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith played in 24 games over two seasons with Saskatchewan, starting in 22. 

As a Bison, Smith played in 54 games, pulling in 147 passes for 1,783 yards and eight touchdowns while also returning kicks. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second All-Star Team in 2012 as a wide receiver and returner and received the 2012 MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This young man was a phenomenal player to watch and it was hard to see home move on from Saskatchewan but he did the best thing for him at the time. Good for him now to make such a big decision to leave the game altogether. Wishing Ryan all the best in his future life.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of this. I hope he is very successful off the field. I really liked him in the Rider jersey and wished him the best in the Peg. Since he is so young I hope his reasons are not health related but rather an excellent opportunity in the business world.

MSinStoon said...

Why don't they ever elaborate on 'interests outside of football'. Am curious about their after football life.
MSinStoon

Anonymous said...

none of your business msinstoon. There's more to life than football. Mabe he got sick of dealing with meatheads in the locker room.

Anonymous said...

Two catches that he made as a Rider would fit into any film montage of all-time great CFL receptions.

Anonymous said...

None of your business thats why.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention his no look catch for a touchdown (as a Bomber.)
LF

Anonymous said...

He has another job in the finance industry where he likely saw more opportunity

Anonymous said...

Take the two CFL stories today Foley getting the boot before he was ready to leave and Smith leaving the game on his own terms and happy about it. Smith had concussion problems and likely that was a big factor in his choice to leave but he seems to be at peace with it. Gone too early from the game though. Foley gave his heart and soul for every team he played for but age and money ( see Darian Durant) takes him out of the game he loves.He leaves unhappy. Perhaps he stayed too long. Leaving on your own terms gives you peace of mind.

Morgan said...

Ouch! Another devastating blow to the bombers crumby team!!!

Anonymous said...

Ryan was a great player and if he decided to continue had the ability to be one of the better receivers in CFL. History. I know his Dad has a Edward Jones brokerage business in Wapheton ND and I can assume he is joining his Dad in the business.

Ryan and his parents were stand up people as I had the chance to meet them on a number of occassions. Too bad all CFL or pro players for that matter were like the Smith family.

All the best Ryan in the next chapter of your life.

Anonymous said...

Bombers, "crumby? " team? Riders, crappy team!

Anonymous said...

hahaha, and the Rider fans cried when this guy left

Morgan said...

Bombers fans are panicking!

BombersJets said...

LOL @ Morgan... don't even know where to begin... Crumby?! At least use an actual word. And if anything this is actually relief from a cap standpoint for the Bombers. Saves 150k a year moving forward that they can invest elsewhere and Smith's replacement is already on the roster in Clarence Denmark. If they want they can go grab another WR on a cheaper deal. Gurley coming back would make a ton of sense, and Joe West and Greg Jones are both still available as well. The best thing about it may be that it opens up a bunch of cap space for the Draft. Winnipeg can bring in guys who can contribute immediately and not worry about futures picks.