Als’ Lumbala, Williams announce retirement

While the Als’ voluntary mini-camp kicked off on Wednesday in Vero Beach, Fla., two Alouettes were notably missing. The team has announced that Steven Lumbala and Roderick Williams have announced their retirement from professional football.

The move comes suddenly for Lumbala, a national fullback who appeared set to enter his third CFL season. The 23-year-old was drafted fifth overall by the Alouettes in the 2013 CFL Draft following a strong CIS career with the Calgary Dinos.

Lumbala played primarily on special teams in his two-year CFL career, finishing with nine special teams tackles. He contributed nine rushes for 23 yards and a touchdown to go with four catches for 28 yards on the offensive side of the ball.

Williams, 27, leaves the Alouettes before even suiting up for his new team, following a five-year CFL career split between the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Alcorn State alum and international defensive back registered 183 career tackles and 13 interceptions.

Last year he enjoyed a career season with the Riders, accumulating a career-high 66 tackles and two interceptions along with two fumble recoveries. He joined the Alouettes as a free agent in the off-season.

Williams won a Grey Cup with the Roughriders in 2013, recording two tackles in a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


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