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Saturday, March 31, 2018

JOHN CHICK RETIRES

(Edmonton) - International defensive end John Chick has retired. 

"It has been an absolute privilege to football at all levels and an amazing honour to have been part of the CFL and its history," says Chick. " I have always given football my all as it should be given nothing less and regardless of what stage of life I'm in, I will continue to do so.

"I have reached a very blessed point in my life to where my vocation demands more of me at this time than my occupation and am very happy to answer that call," says Chick. "This is not an end but a new beginning. I am forever indebted to the CFL and its fans for all the blessings and unforgettable memories. I pray I left a good mark on the game, its fans and all my brothers I played this great game with. God Bless."

Chick was traded to Edmonton on Aug. 21, 2017, with a fifth-round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft in exchange for the Eskimos second-round pick in this year's draft.

Last season, he appeared in eight games for the Green and Gold, recording 14 defensive tackles, three quarterback sacks and one safety. 

Chick originally entered the league in 2007 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he spent six seasons. In 2016, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a free agent. 

In 125 career games, he has amassed 240 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, 72 quarterback sacks and one interception. 

"John will go down as one of the best players to have ever played in the CFL," says Brock Sunderland, Eskimos General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations. "He gave 110% effort on every play, whether it was in a game or a practice and was a player that always had to be accounted for by opposing offences.

"The Eskimos organization thanks him for his contributions to the team and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

John Chick will be awesome forever!
Best of luck to you big guy.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck John. thank you for all the great years.

Anonymous said...

First year Plaza induction!!!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes and good luck in all your future endeavours John. It was a pleasure watching you play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and having you be a part of our community.

Anonymous said...


How long does he have to wait until POH?

Anonymous said...

On the defensive side of the ball in Rider history I have John Chick greatest all time. 2013 I have never seen a guy dominate like that maybe Joe Montford in his prime, but Chick is right there. Overall in Rough rider history I get asked who is the best I've seen and it's a very short conversation before his name comes up. Total domination and has 2 rings to back it up.

Anonymous said...

Gives him time to make more kids.....

Anonymous said...


John Chick - BEAST! MANIMAL!! STUD!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for you’re enormous contribution to rider nation and the cfl. Loved watching you play the game.
Bart

Scott Thompson said...

One of the very best, thank you John. All the best to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

John Chick was a great player and person. I would rate him in the top 5 or 6 lineman that played for the Riders. The best ones I ever saw play for the Riders were Chuck Kingbeil who went on to play in the NFL for a number of years. And Bill Baker was a beast that was impossible to stop on the line.

As far as the best lineman it depends on the era and the years you watched the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Should have retired in Saskatchewan when released but signed with Hamilton as is his prerogative. Didn't do much Hamilton Edmonton thereafter, Roughriders executive extroidinaire Mr. Jones got it right in his player evaluation assessment on behalf of the Roughriders football organization moving forward, the team build continues. PS, Good luck in your future, thanks for your time John Chick.

Anonymous said...

My favorite on the D-line since Ed McQuarters.

Morgan said...

One of the best defensive players in the CFL in the last decade! An amazing football player and an even more amazing human being! God bless you John Chick and your wonderful family! Have a happy retirement my good man!

Anonymous said...

Chick can see the dumpster fire that is the 2018 Edmonton Eskimos season on the horizon... he's smart to get out while he still can!

Anonymous said...

Didn't do much after he left riders? Really? He had his 2nd most productive season in his first year in Hamilton with 14 sacks and if you work out his average sacks per game with riders and after the riders they work out to almost the same ,glad he retired as an Eskimo which is the CFL true flagship franchise .Awesome career John good luck in retirement.The Esks still need a d-line coach wonder if he is looking into that

Anonymous said...

chris jones did get it right, but saying he didn’t do much is definitely wrong. chick was an all-star his first season with hamilton

the flammer said...

john,bobby jurasin,and bill baker, garner ekstran the best d ends for the riders in my time.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line, Tiger Cats were still losers with John Chick on board. Same with the Eskimos.

Anonymous said...

Will miss John Chick in the CFL, a very quiet , humble man that showed his immense football prowess on the field. All quarterbacks feared John Chick, and so they should. More players should take his humble approach to the game. All the best in the future to you John.