Hanging Up The Cleats: Michael Reilly announces retirement

VANCOUVER —  After an illustrious CFL career, Michael Reilly is hanging up his cleats.

The BC Lions announced the news on Monday afternoon.

Reilly, 36, suited up in 168 games over his career, including 69 with the Lions starting from 2010-12 and ending with the return to his first CFL team from 2019-21. Along with winning his first Grey Cup ring with the squad in 2011, Reilly passed for 7,876 yards on 652 completions to go along with 38 touchdown passes as a Lion.

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“Michael will go down as one of the great players and people our football club and league has ever seen,” said Lions co-GM/director of football operations Neil McEvoy.

“From his arrival mid-way through the 2010 season to scrapping his way to make our squad in 2011 training camp with a quarterback room that included Travis Lulay and Jarious Jackson, his drive to compete and win is something all young professionals should aspire to.”

Following a trade to Edmonton in 2013, Reilly established himself as one of the league’s top signal-callers. In 99 regular season contests over six seasons with the green and gold, Reilly passed for 26,929 yards on 2,120 completions with 144 touchdowns and would lead them to a Grey Cup championship in 2015.

Additional Michael Reilly Accolades:

  • Reilly’s 34,805 career passing yards are good for 14th on the CFL’s all-time list; he surpassed Darian Durant in 2021.
  • Led the CFL in passing on four occasions: 2016-18 with Edmonton and his final season in British Columbia in 2021.
  • Became only the third quarterback in CFL history to surpass the 5,000-yard mark in three consecutive seasons (2016-18). Doug Flutie and Anthony Calvillo are the other two to accomplish that feat.
  • Took home MVP honours in the 103rd Grey Cup in 2015 with 269 passing yards and two touchdown strikes in the 26-20 win over Ottawa.
  • Winner of 2017 Most Outstanding Player Award after career-highs in passing yards (5,830) and completions (30).
  • CFL All-Star in 2017 and West Division All-Star in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Surpassed the 300-yard passing mark on 57 occasions in his career.
  • Two-time CFL Top Performer of the Month and three times selected as a Top Performer of the Week in his final season of 2021.
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