May 18, 2006

Morris announces retirement

EDMONTON ( wire) — Longtime Eskimos offensive lineman Chris Morris announced his retirement from the CFL today.

The tough and gritty tackle played 14 seasons for the Eskimos and capped off his remarkable career with a Grey Cup victory in November.

“Chris is an Eskimo in every sense of the word,” said Eskimos CEO Hugh Campbell. “He has been instrumental in the success of the football team. His toughness, willingness to play through injuries and general leadership are characteristics that he continually produced, but he also passed on to many of the younger players. Chris is in the top percentile of guys who came here, played great football, made Edmonton his home and became a part of the community. While he no longer plans to be active on the football field, I know he will continue to be productive in our community and as a high school educator.”

Chris was Edmonton’s first-round selection (eighth overall) in the 1992 CFL Canadian Draft. He started in his first-ever CFL game and he was the Eskimos’ nominee for Outstanding Rookie of the Year. He went on to play 237 career games, 20 playoff games and five Grey Cups, winning the trophy three times (1993, 2003 and 2005).

Chris lives in Edmonton with his wife Stacey and their sons, Trevor and Tyler.