Matt Walter Retires from the CFL
Canadian Running Back Matt Walter has announced his retirement from the CFL.
The 5’10”, 215 lb back had a five-year career in the CFL, and spent the first four with his hometown Calgary Stampeders.
The University of Calgary product was a Grey Cup champion with Calgary in 2014.
Last season Walter signed as a free agent with the Roughriders.
Matt Walter shared this message via his Facebook and Twitter accounts (@matt_walter):
Football demands everything you got, plenty of sacrifice, dedication and perseverance to push your body through it all. Unfortunately, some injuries force you to take a step back and put your health first. After missing almost the entire 2016 season with injury, it became clear that I wasn’t going to keep playing, so today I am officially retiring from football.
Nothing but gratitude looking back at it all, the comradery, friendships and relationships that the game cultivates have been incredibly rewarding. Winning a Greycup with my hometown team was a dream come true, I couldn’t of asked for a better squad to get it with. It was a pleasure to be a part of the CFL brotherhood, there is a real sense of community among us players in the league. This sport has truly given me so much, a sense of meaning and a vision to be realized, it has been there for me all the way from when I was 6yrs old and dreaming of becoming a professional to now, where I can give back to the next generation and see that same passion that I had in their eyes.
Truly grateful for my family who have given everything they could to support me along this journey. Thank you to all the coaches, mentors, trainers and staff that gave me the tools to succeed, the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughrider organizations, UofC, Calgary football community and all the awesome fans. Thank you sponsors: the Main Dish/FitKtichen, AOR, GSL Cadillac.
We don’t always get to choose how or when we walk away, but we do get to take what we learnt and gained from football and apply it to the rest of our lives. I am very excited to start my new career in Calgary and to continue to give back the sport and community that I love.
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