Happy trails Andy Fantuz! The 6’4 Western Ontario product officially threw his cleats on the wire today after 6 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 34 year old ends his career having played in 148 CFL regular season games, gaining 8,363 yards and 44 TDs on 637 catches. Fantuz retires as the 18th WR in receptions all-time and as the fourth among Canadians. He also is the 33rd all-time and ninth among Canadians in receiving yards.
Fantuz was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2010. He played in 5 Grey Cups but only won one in 2007 (the game above) while earning the game’s Most Valuable Canadian 2007 and 2014.
Fantuz had this to say:
“Thank you ALL! It has been an honour to represent the Tiger-Cats and Roughriders organizations, both on and off the field, for the past 12 years. The support from these two communities, and incredible reception I felt from all CFL cities, is what makes this game so special. I will keep you all in my heart forever.
“I want to thank my family and friends for their unconditional support. I want to thank my coaches, trainers, equipment staff, front office, support staff, media and volunteers for all the memories of this game I’ll never forget. To my teammates, I’m grateful to have gone to battle with talented athletes, strategized with incredible football minds, and developed lasting friendships with great people. To all the children out there with a dream – I was once a boy with a dream myself – believe me; everything that you can imagine is possible!”
One of the most reliable receivers of his time, it has been a joy watching Fantuz during the latter half of his career. Thank you for showcasing your abilities to the world and may you walk into the sunset of the CFL Hall of Fame!