TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts announced Monday that they have signed Andre Durie to a contract extension through the 2016 season.
Commented Argonauts General Manager Jim Barker, “We believe Andre Durie is one of the most talented players in our league, and he’s Canadian. He has been a very productive member of our offence and a strong contributor on special teams. Andre has proven to be a valuable member of the Toronto community and we’re excited to keep him at home to continue his work on and off the field.”
Durie enjoyed his most productive season in the CFL in 2013. He experienced career-highs on offence while leading the Argos in receiving yards (986) and finishing second on the team, and second in the CFL, in receptions with 92 (just two behind fellow Argonauts teammate Chad Owens). The Mississauga, Ontario native was first in the CFL with 718 yards after catch. Durie’s best game of the season, statistically, came in week three (3) when he had seven (7) receptions for 100 yards and one (1) touchdown for which he was named CFL Canadian Player of the Week. In total, he recorded two (2) 100+ yards receiving games, averaged more than 10 yards per catch, and hauled in at least two (2) receptions in every game in which he appeared.
Commented Andre Durie, “I would first like to thank the Toronto Argonauts organization for giving me the opportunity to stay in Double Blue for three more years. In 2007, the team believed in me and gave me a chance to play the game I truly love, even after an injury that nearly ended my career. I can’t thank Jim Barker, Scott Milanovich and Michael Clemons enough for the influential roles each have played in developing me as a player, a man and an athlete that serves the Toronto community. I am very proud and excited to continue my career as an Argonaut and I will continue to play like every game could be my last for my city and this organization.”
Durie now lives in Burlington, Ontario and spends the off-season working for Community Living Mississauga and with the Children’s Aid Society. He has been an active member of the Argonauts’ team-run community programs while also hosting and participating in both local and national football camps. He currently organizes SuperEliteFootball camps across the province of Ontario.
The York University graduate spent his early football days as a member of the Mississauga Warriors of the Ontario Varsity Football League and also played for St. Josephs High School.