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Saturday, May 12, 2018

DARIAN DURANT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT, BOMBERS REACT


I Have Decided to Retire from Football
May 11, 2018

To the CFL, my former teammates, coaches, and to all the guys I’ve battled against over the past 12 years: I just want to say thank you.  Thank you for helping me develop into the man I am today. So many life lessons have been learnt throughout this football journey. With that being said, I have decided to retire from football.

I have some opportunities away from the field that will allow me to transition smoothly into the next stage of my life.  I also became a father earlier this year and I being able to see my daughter grow up day-by-day has played a big part in this decision.

Last but not least, to my fans in Ridernation:  If you cut me open, I am sure that I would bleed green.  Saskatchewan and Regina will always be home.  I always strived to be a Rider legend, and I am honoured to be spoken of in the company of George, Ron, Roger & Gene!   I named my daughter Amayah Taylor, after Taylor Field.  It meant so much to me to be able to play in the last game at “old” Mosaic Stadium.  It’s also very fitting to me that I played the last game of career in Regina last fall, and was able to see and hear the fans one last time from the playing field. I look forward to one day showing my family around Regina, and showing my daughter where her father won a championship in front of Ridernation on “Taylor” Field.

I hope to return and visit Saskatchewan sometime soon, and am working on launching a foundation to help raise funds and give back to the community that has given me so much.

Love you always,
Darian

www.dariandurant.com
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BLUE BOMBERS STATEMENT ON DURANT'S RETIREMENT

WINNIPEG, MB - Winnipeg Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters issues the following statement on Darian Durant:

"We were informed prior to the start of our mini-camp that Darian Durant, along with his family, was reconsidering continuing his career. Given the magnitude of this decision, we asked him to take the time to thoroughly consider his options and inform us of his decision.

Ultimately, Darian has not informed the team of his decision, but we were notified through social media this morning that he has decided to retire from professional football. While we respect his decision, we are of course are extremely disappointed. Until recently, Darian had given us every indication that he was accepting of his role as a backup and prepared to help our offense in any capacity possible. We recognize this has been a challenging and difficult process for Darian, and the uncertainty has been challenging from our perspective as well. We will move forward with the quarterbacks we currently have on our roster."

58 comments:

Don Mitchell said...

Congrats on your retirement Doubles! Best of luck in all of your future endeavours!

To me you are still a 3 time GC champion!

Fair winds and following seas!

Victor Isted said...

Good luck to him on his next stage of life. Thanks for all the memories & the sacrifices you made to create those memories.

Enjoy every minute of being a father. Be her champion.

Thanks again Doubles.

Go Riders!
Go CFL!!

Anonymous said...

Darian you will always be my Quarterback

Thank You for the memories.

Dom in YEG

Clarkenstein said...

Enjoy the next phase of your life Darian. All the best.

Michael Knight said...

Classy words Darian. Always a Rider in our minds. Competitor and winner is what I think when I think of Darian Durant. Keep that attitude in everything you do in life.

Good luck!

Hobbit said...

Darian has earned lasting love and respect from Rider Nation. I remember watching him on the old grass practice field in '06 and '07 and thinking there really was something special about him. And there was, and is. Charismatic, community-minded, and a true leader on and off the field, he should be remembered as one of the greatest Riders ever. One of only four QBs to lead us to a Grey Cup victory (should have been two except for someone else's inability to count), and that glorious stretch from 2009-13 of three Grey Cup appearances in 5 years, he is not just Rider royalty but among the CFL elite. All the best Darian in your retirement. We look forward to your quick induction into the Plaza of Honour.

Anonymous said...

Your always welcome to Riderville. Saskatchewan is honoured to have you anytime. Thanks Doubles for the great memories you have given us. All the best to your future.

Dick Rubnutz said...

Excellent career. Thanks for everything Darian and best of luck in the future.

Larry said...

Class act and next step is the Plaza.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Darian, enjoy your next venture with your new family. You will always be welcome in Saskatchewan.

Anonymous said...

One of the best all the best to him and his family

Anonymous said...

Many of us consider the 4th quarter of the 2013 playoff game against BC as the defining moment in his career. But some of my best memories are seeing his TDs with Dressler, and then the two of them doing their little hand shake in the endzone. It was always a thrill to see. All the best Doubles. Thanks for everything!

DM

Hobbit said...

Darian has earned lasting love and respect from Rider Nation. I remember watching him on the old grass practice field in '06 and '07 and thinking there really was something special about him. And there was, and is. Charismatic, community-minded, and a true leader on and off the field, he should be remembered as one of the greatest Riders ever. One of only four QBs to lead us to a Grey Cup victory (should have been two except for someone else's inability to count), and that glorious stretch from 2009-13 of three Grey Cup appearances in 5 years, he is not just Rider royalty but among the CFL elite. All the best Darian in your retirement. We look forward to your quick induction into the Plaza of Honour.

Anonymous said...


I don't know if Winnipeg would think he's a class act today. Can you imagine if Collaros or Hughes did this to the Riders?

Rudyman said...

In Durant we trusted, and he delivered.

Thank you for the most wonderful memories of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in my lifetime.

We shared the worst of times and the best of times, and you will always be part of the Saskatchewan family.

Clarkenstein said...

Darian I'm just reading a tweet from Arash Madani that:
A) You didn't tell the Bombers you were retiring and
B) They gave you a $70K signing bonus. They asked you to return the
money and you declined. Please tell us this is not a true story!

Victor Isted said...

A-Do teams tell you when they are cutting you? Not always
B-Do teams honor there own contracts and give you the bonuses that they agreed to when the contract was signed? Not always

Contract language has to be changed to solve this issue of players getting cut a day before promised bonuses are supposed to be paid out. It also has to be changed to stop players from retiring after they are paid.

Anonymous said...

If Darian didn't tell them he was retiring and they gave him $70K to bad. There are many instances where teams somehow forget to tell players after they sign them they plan to cut them in training camp or the first 9 games of the season. Teams also have a habit of forgetting to tell guys they plan to cut them before the roster bonus comes do.

I have long said that Scott Schultz did it best. Play the game, make money, get your ring, set yourself up and get out of town. For Darian to take back up money and watch Mr Glass/Nichols get starter money yet you know he isn't finishing the season due to injury then why would Darian sit there at a fourth of the salary and have to be the Starter? Some guys are happy being Kevin Glenn/Drew Tate. Other guys actually have some pride.

He was the greatest Rider QB on the greatest team - 2013 and he earned the right to go out his way.

Sticking it to Winnipeg one more time makes it sweeter.

MyRoughriders.com said...

Enjoy the next stage of your life Darian, thanks for helping to bring us the biggest win ever imaginable at Old Mosaic.

Scott Thompson said...

Congrats on a great career Darian.

Anonymous said...

All the best Darian you will never be forgotten.

Rafal said...

Thanks for the memories and leading the team to the championship, Hall of Fame is next... enjoy your retirement with your family.

Anonymous said...

Darian was the most entertaining QB I have seen in green and white. Admit a strong bias for the added entertainment of the duel threat QB. He always 'gave his all' on that field ... no quit. And ... he put his loyalty to the fans first. He brought us some of the best Rider years ever and certainly the best in about 50 years. For his sake I wish he could have ended more like 'duel threat' Henry.

Anonymous said...

Its a business. It works both ways, players get stiffed all the time when their bonuses are due. Good for Darian.
Besides its only the Bombers.....lol

B-Rad

Anonymous said...

I sure hope that Durant and Dressler are brought into the Rider Plaza at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you DD for all you gave Rider Nation and good luck in the next phase of your life.

Arash and the Bombers can go p!ss up a rope.

Newt from YQR

Anonymous said...

Darian, thanks for the memories. All the best.
Dave from Medicine Hat

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories Darian. You'll always be a Roughrider to me.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Darian. I wonder if Darian signed with the Bombers just to screw with their minds one last time before he retired. If he did - way to go Darian!

Anonymous said...

Nice. You can't resist a final parting shot. Wow!

Anonymous said...

He doesn't have to return the bonus. Teams cut players a day before a bonus is due so what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Tim said...

Thanks Darian for all you did for Rider-nation. All the best in retirement and congrats on your new family. Think the BBs deserved better than to hear about your decision through social media though. I think that was unfortunate, and I think you will regret that some day, if you don't already.

Morgan said...

Durant crushes the bombers hopes and dreams one more time! I love it!!!

Cory Huber said...

I agree with many that Darian did a lot for the Riders and wish him all the best in the future. However that being said, it is a classless move not telling the Bombers the team he signed with of his own free will, that he is retiring. They find out in Social Media.
Also if he signs with them, accepts a signing bonus, then keeps said signing bonus after not playing for them. Show's a lot about his character.

Cory

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Darian, for the time spent playing in Riderville. I was so sorry when you signed elsewhere. I hope that the Riders would sign him a one day contract and he can retire as a Rider. Probably isn’t going to happen! Hope to see you at a game in Regina soon.
Thankyou, Darian!

Anonymous said...

And runs with his signing bonus too! Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Lol and everyone on here thinking people in the Peg actually care? They're all a little pre-occupied with something a bit more important than a backup QB has been right now

Anonymous said...

Als "changed their mind" and cut Darian just before his $150,000 bonus. He signed with the Bombers and got a $70,000 bonus, then changed his mind and retired. No problem unless you want it to be. As for the social media announcement, absolutely the classiest thing ever to go straight to the fans and his football brotherhood. Walters knew within minutes anyway, and besides for all we know he may have cut Darian. Walters says he knew Darian was considering retiring so if he was not prepared that is on him.

End of an era. Football loses a great.
DJR

Anonymous said...

What's a signing bonus? Legally? Is it not simply an added incentive to lock you in to the team? If the contract says you have to stay for some time that's one thing but I bet it doesn't. Or BB needs better lawyers. Can't believe I am discussing this on the day a Rider hero has packed it in. At least he wasn't booed his last game here like Ronnie was.

Anonymous said...

Anyone calling him classless for keeping a SIGNING bonus, is ridiculous. You get that money for singing with the team, not for playing, practising or anything else. So unless there was something in his contract stating he had to play to keep that bonus, he's well within his rights to do so. I'm sure you all would give back money to your employer that you didn't have to, right? Hilarious.

I won't go into how players are constantly shafted by CFL teams when it comes to paying bonuses, because a bunch of others have already made that point.

Congrats on the retirement DD! Will always be remembered as a true leader, fierce competitor and Clutch Performer. I look forward to your 1 day contract with the team after Chris Jones moves on.

PoundMac said...

Football contracts are ruthless, good on him for taking one back for the players. Best luck in retirement!

Anonymous said...

And what would that be? The Bomber management and coaches don't give a crap about that other sport.

Anonymous said...


Time to retire #4 (Joseph/Durant) and put both of them in POH at same time. 2019?

Anonymous said...

Meh. I bet not.

Anonymous said...

Darian you have tons of Class.. Bombers are sitting on their so called Class by not even wishing you Good Luck. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

How winnipeggish

Anonymous said...

A Plaza of Honour dinner in 2022 inducting Durant, Getzlaf and Dressler would be a huge event!

Anonymous said...

A signing bonus should be called a 'lock you into us now before you look around' payment. He is still their property as in 'locked in'.

Anonymous said...

Darian you were an awesome QB and a more amazing person off the field you were always total class every time we talked and that was a lot too bad these very same fans trash talked you as soon as you were traded .Good luck in your retirement and it's to bad Inwasnt able to see you wearing the Real Green and Gold and the true flagship franchise of the CFL in The Edmonton Eskimos.

Clay Paget said...

Sorry folks. But I totally agree with Cory. There isNO DOUBTin my mind that DD , when he signed with the bombers , accepting the signing bonus, had planned to retire & run. With the money. In my view a classless act on his part.
People that think he was the best QB the RIDERS ever had have their heads in the sand.
Yes he was the QB when Riders won 2 Grey Cups, but what about the many games he screwed up . As Chris Jones said OVERALL HE WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST. Most of the DD lovers are Jones hatters .
If he , DD could not be a starter, he did not really want to be on any team. When ever he was pulled during a game he stood on the sidelines & sulked. For those that think he was a good teacher, may I say he could have cared less about helping the under studies, as they may have showed him up.
Call me what You like folks, but that is my view, & I am not afraid to put my name to it like most people hide behind anonymity.
Clay Paget. 48 year season ticket holder.

Anonymous said...

Darian leaves with the best playoff passer rating at 116.9. CLUTCH.

Randolph Charles said...

We should quantify this by era: Durant of '07 to '10 absolutely top notch, and guaranteed HOF, if his play would have stayed at that level. But '11 on, not so much; in fact I think in '13 he rode the Taman/Hopson wave to the cup. Injuries certainly played a part, and, if you factor in the Alouette fiasco, some tarnish definitely showed up on the 'Darian trophy'

But what will he really get with his 70k signing bonus? Cdn tax takes 50% and factoring to USD after that leaves what? 20k?

Still, one of the more exciting players in his prime, and definitely a Plaza of Honour inductee in the future

Anonymous said...


Thanks Scott!

Anonymous said...


Roddy, please go back and publish the comments of people when Maurice Price pulled this off on the Riders. I am guessing it was a complete 360 as far as the attitude goes.

Plain and simple, Durant screwed the Bombers. He deserves the 70,000? For what! Did he do anything with them besides an introductory press conference? Does he even own a Bombers t-shirt?

If I paid someone to do work for me up-front and they failed to deliver or do anything, I would be asking for my money back too.

Darian's character is really shining through on this one. Yes, it would be a different story if it were the Alouettes, but taking it from a team that he didn't do anything with is a criminal act.

As far as Mr. Clay Paget goes. Sir, you are a complete moron if you actually believe what you wrote about DD. The guy is a legend and is the greatest QB since I started watching the Riders in 1982.

Chad

Anonymous said...

You are out to lunch Chad. It was a SIGNING bonus. Nobody in this WORLD gives money back to their employer unless legally obligated to.

Anonymous said...

Haters gonna hate.

Anonymous said...

Agree 100 percent chad

Anonymous said...

I agree clay .. still anonymous.. byob