Former Saskatchewan Roughrider QB Darian Durant has decided to retire from the game of football.
Durant who made the retirement announcement on his social media platforms this morning, had signed an one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers earlier this offseason
Durant was a member of the Roughriders for 11 seasons, starting in 2006 and was a member of two Grey Cup winning teams in 2007 and 2013 on home turf.
On Jan. 13, 2017, the Roughriders traded Durant to Montreal. The Alouettes quickly signed him to a three-year contract with a reported value of $1.25 million.
With 31,740 passing yards, Durant is 14th on the CFL’s all-time list. He threw 167 touchdowns and 115 interceptions.
Here is Darian’s statement from his Facebook page
To 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.