Durie says he’s not necessarily retiring, just no longer playing for Argos

Veteran receiver Durie says he's not retiring

TORONTO — Andre Durie isn’t retiring.

The veteran slotback said Thursday he’s simply no longer playing for the Argonauts. On Wednesday night, the free-agent agent receiver issued a tweet thanking Toronto fans for their support over his 10-year career with the CFL club.

“Not ‘retiring’ officially just not playing for the Argos,” Durie said in a message to The Canadian Press.

Durie added his roots in Toronto would make it difficult for him to continue his CFL career with another team.

The five-foot-10, 195-pound Durie, a Mississauga, Ont., native, had 322 catches for 3,658 yards with 15 TDs in 122 career games with Toronto. He helped the Argos win the 100th Grey Cup game in 2012 before over 50,000 spectators at Rogers Centre.

Durie also rushed for 419 yards on 69 carries (6.1-yard average) with two touchdowns while also returning punts and kickoffs during his Argos tenure.

But more impressive was Durie embarking on a pro career after suffering a horrific knee injury while at York University that left doctors wondering if he’d ever walk normally again. In the second game of the ’05 season, Durie suffered nerve damage in his knee.

He missed the remainder of that year and the 2006 campaign. Following a rigorous rehabilitation, Durie impressed Argos officials at an evaluation camp. He appeared in five games with the CFL club in ’07.

The departure of Durie, one of Toronto’s most popular players, would add to what’s been an off-season to forget for the franchise. Last month, general manager Jim Barker was fired. Days later, head coach Scott Milanovich resigned to become the quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. And earlier this week, former Argos receiver Darrell K. Smith died of cancer at the age of 55.

Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Vibrations of Hope raises $2,000 for Kelowna Women’s Shelter

A local female driven event succeeds in inaugural year

Big White announces new Slopestyle Invitational

The only North American Gold Level event begins July 5

An evening of burlesque, poetry and mystery descends on Kelowna

The Poetry Elf creates an immersive event that isn’t a typical burlesque

Last chance for input on proposed Kelowna bike lanes

The lanes, slated for Sutherland Avenue, could be built next year

Okanagan Lake not rising as fast as before: River Forecast Centre

Similkameen River flood risk shifts to rainfall, not snowpack

MLA pushing province and pharmaceutical to save Vernon woman

Cystic fibrosis patient can’t afford $20,000/month medication she needs to survive

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

B.C. man facing deportation says terror accusation left him traumatized

Othman Hamdan was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September

Will Taylor Swift’s high concert ticket prices stop scalpers?

Move by artist comes as B.C. looks to how to regulate scalpers and bots reselling concert tickets

36 fires sparked May long weekend, most due to lightning: BC Wildfire

As warmer weather nears, chief fire officer Kevin Skrepnek says too soon to forecast summer

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

Sun Devils second at Kamloops tournament

Kelowna bounces back from 0-2 start to reach the final of River City Classic

Pipeline more important than premiers meeting: Notley

“Canada has to work for all Canadians, that’s why we’re fighting for the pipeline”

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads

From January 2016 to March 2018, feds spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads

Most Read