“On behalf of the Rider organization, I want to thank John for his three years of hard work and leadership with our football club,” said Riders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones. “He is one of football’s top personnel men and was a big contributor to our success. He will remain a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best.”
Murphy joined the Riders in December of 2015 where he oversaw personnel-related matters, including the CFL Draft and free-agent identification and evaluation.
Murphy made a statement on Facebook early Wednesday afternoon:
“Thank you, Rider Nation! After three seasons with the club, Tuesday was my final day as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. While choices like these are always difficult for both personal and professional reasons, I look forward to what the next chapter has in store. The success and satisfaction I have experienced through my job is only made possible because of the relationships developed with the players, their families and yes, even their agents. My sincere thanks to each of you for your trust, commitment, friendship and loyalty given to the team. And of course, thank you, Rider Nation for allowing me to wear green after years of donning the red and black. Regina is a great community to be a part of, and I am grateful for the number of fans who became more like friends and family during this time, most notably Mr. Jerry Bosch (RIP). I truly look forward to our paths crossing once again! JM @draftjm13 John Murphy”
Thanks for everything Murph and good luck in the future!
(With files from Roughriders PR)