Rey's day: Williams announces retirement | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
Adam Gagnon Staff

REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today import linebacker Renauld Williams is retiring from the Canadian Football League.

Williams originally entered the CFL in 2007 when he signed with the Roughriders as a free agent. The Hofstra University product spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2010.

Williams spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before re-signing with the Riders in February, 2013 for his second stint with the Green and White.

Last season, Williams started the first ten games at middle linebacker, registering 42 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and four special teams tackles. He suffered a season ending knee injury on September 8th in Winnipeg.

In his six year CFL career, Williams played in 76 regular season games registering 326 defensive tackles, 49 special teams tackles, and 21 quarterbacks sacks. He also played in four postseason games and the 2009 Grey Cup.

He was named a 2011 and 2012 East Division All-Star and was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams, winning with Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2013.

Rey also had stops with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns seeing action in six regular season NFL games.

Williams has accepted a position on the club’s football operations staff. He will immediately begin working as the team’s Director of Player Development.

In the role, Williams will assist players in adapting to their roles, both on and off the field, while living in the Regina community. With an emphasis on education and finances, the goal is to provide players with a sense of balance as they acclimatize to life as a CFL player.  

Fan Comments
This Old Man
Rey had the fastest first two steps of any linebacker I've seen in several years. Lightning-quick. Thanks for all the great plays, Rey. Pleased to know you're not departing for greener fields - Taylor Field is plenty-green-enough, and they love you there.
March 19, 2014 - 6:03pm
Orange & Black
One will hardly recognize the Riders this up-coming season. How many players have retired or left for GREENER pastures this off-season?
March 19, 2014 - 5:12am
I just heard the new job description for Williams and I think it is a good idea. He is going to help players adjust to Saskatchewan, get to know them and help them with off field issues.
March 18, 2014 - 9:09am
Ouch....that hurts on the field, but, it helps off the field. Glad to keep you aboard Rey.
March 18, 2014 - 8:42am
Really surprised by this, Rey was great while playing. I am glad he's staying on with the team.
March 17, 2014 - 3:29pm
I won't be surprised when the Riders win the West again.... :)
March 18, 2014 - 9:34am
als rule
another surprising announcement!!
March 17, 2014 - 12:53pm
I agree. He hasn't been in the league that long, and seems quite "young" yet...

I'm thinking it might have something to do with his injury? Maybe it did not heal enough for him to return as a player.

Big loss for the Riders either way.
March 17, 2014 - 5:33pm