THE CANADIAN PRESS
REGINA -- Jason Clermont has called it a career.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback announced his retirement Tuesday after 10 CFL seasons. The move was hardly a surprise as the Riders had long stated that Clermont, a Regina native, didn't figure in their 2012 plans.
What's more, on the club's website Clermont's No. 82 jersey has been assigned to Justin Harper, an American in his first season with the CFL team.
Clermont spent the first seven seasons of his CFL career with the B.C. Lions before finishing up with the Riders, appearing in consecutive Grey Cup losses to the Montreal Alouettes with the Saskatchewan franchise (2009-'10).
"Growing up in Saskatchewan, it was a childhood dream to catch passes for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a Grey Cup game,'' he said in a statement. "I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Roughrider organization, fans and especially all of my teammates and friends for helping that dream become a reality not once, but twice.
"I owe the province of Saskatchewan and the city of Regina a debt of gratitude for shaping me as an athlete, but most importantly as a young man.''
Clermont made sure to thank all the different clubs and organizations he was involved in throughout his career.
"The Regina Rams and junior football were both instrumental in providing a young player with an incredible opportunity to develop and move on to university studies and collegiate level football,'' he said in the statement.
"From there, I was given an opportunity by the B.C. Lions to be a leader through two Grey Cup appearances, a championship, numerous individual awards and priceless friendships and memories.
"Thanks again Vancouver, the BC Lions and the CFL for letting me hang my name on the back of the No. 82 jersey.''