Despite signing a two-year contract extension in February, Toronto Argonauts linebacker Willie Pile announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday.
After spending his first few professional years hopping between the NFL and NFL Europe, the 32-year-old came to Canada in 2007 and spent his entire six-year CFL career in Toronto, recording 445 combined tackles, 12 interceptions and five fumble recoveries. The Virginia Tech product was Toronto’s team captain.
“Although I have been preparing extremely hard for the opportunity to compete to hoist the Grey Cup in the great city of Toronto this season, the circumstances and the timing surrounding my decision have been very challenging,” Pile said in a statement released by the Argos.
“I am fully confident that this is the best decision for my family and I at this time. I want to thank my family, my wife and my son, my close friends, my mentors and all my teammates who supported me as I pursued my goal to play the game”
Pile’s retirement this week follows the retirement of former Argo left tackle Rob Murphy last week.