MONTREAL -- Alouettes guard Scott Flory announced his retirement on Wednesday following 15 memorable seasons with the only professional team he has known since being drafted by Montreal in 1998, putting a close to one of the greatest offensive lineman careers in CFL history.
An institution at right guard, Flory spent his entire CFL career with the Alouettes, earning nine league all-star nominations during his time in La Belle Province.
"I would like to thank Bob Wetenhall, Jim Popp and the entire Alouettes organization for the confidence which they showed in me over the years and also for allowing me to play in this great city for my entire career," said Flory, who has been a natural leader for the Alouettes.
"The last 15 years have gone by so fast and I have truly loved going to work every day with my fellow teammates and coaches. The great fans of Montreal have made it an amazing journey for me and I'll never forget the three Grey Cup parades we celebrated together."
The Regina, SK native has been the Alouettes' ironman over the course of his career, dressing for 241 regular-season games - good for second among active players last season, behind only quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who also retired this year.
"Today, we not only congratulate Scott and his family on a wonderful playing career, but also on his commitment to his family, team, and community. His leadership was appreciated and his toughness and durability were cherished. We wish Scott, Natasha, and the rest of the Flory family a wonderful retirement and much success in their future endeavors," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.
The former University of Saskatchewan product has been absolutely sensational since being selected by Montreal in the second round (15th overall) of the 1998 CFL Canadian Draft. Twice the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman (2008 and 2009), Flory also has the distinction of being on all three of Alouettes' Grey Cup championship teams (2002, 2009 and 2010) since the franchise returned to Montreal in 1996.
"Scott has been a monument for the Alouettes during his 15 years in Montreal. Not only did he lead the team to great success on the field, but he was also a great leader in the community where his implication was felt throughout his career," affirmed Alouettes President and C.E.O., Mark Weightman.
"On behalf of Bob Wetenhall and the Alouettes, I would like to wish him the best in his second career."
The 37-year-old helped the Alouettes offence set a franchise record with 610 points scored in 2008 thanks to his diligent work in the trenches.