Montreal Alouettes – Dominic Picard retires
SHERBROOKE, QUE. — Montreal Alouettes centre Dominic Picard announced on Friday his retirement from professional football, following an accomplished and impressive 10-season career in the Canadian Football League.
The Sainte-Foy, Que. native suited up for the Toronto Argonauts, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, raising the Grey Cup with the latter in 2013.
Picard, 6-foot-2, 310 pounds, was a third round (23rd total) selection by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2006 CFL Draft. The 33-year-old played a total of 151 games in the CFL, starting 143 of them. He was voted the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman of the Argonauts in 2011 and of the Roughriders in 2012 and 2014.
“We should be celebrating Dominic’s career,” said Jim Popp, head coach and general manager. “Unfortunately things didn’t work out as planned with us.
“It’s never easy when a seasoned veteran announces his retirement, but we have to remember him for his accomplished career,” he added. “He was a hard-nosed, poised and committed competitor.
“Although it was for a short stint, we really enjoyed having Dominic as a part of our organization the last few months.”