If there's one player happy that Daved Benefield is now retired, it's Lions' backup quarterback Jarious Jackson.
Jackson remembers his first on-field meeting with Benefield during 2005's first exhibition game in Regina.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders' linebacker broke Jackson's thumb, ruining his shot at being the number three quarterback behind Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers. Jackson, the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star, didn't complete his first Canadian Football League pass until October.
"It was a routine tackle," Jackson said. "I remember getting up after the play, I don't remember seeing anybody else. He gets the blame."
There are no hard feelings between Jackson and Benefield, however.
Benefield signed ceremonially with the Lions on Wednesday and subsequently filed retirement papers with CFL headquarters. Benefield played for Ottawa, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, but six of his 12 seasons were as a Lion.
He's already commenced a career away from the game as an ad salesman with Team 1040 sports radio.
As for Jackson, he's healthy but unhappy about his opening night performance.
He went two-for-five with 16 yards after Dickenson gave the Lions an insurmountable lead.
Jackson was supposed to travel to Whitehorse, Yukon for Air North's annual midnight sun golf tournament on June 17. Jackson, however, stayed in Whalley to review the game footage, but the Yukoners did enjoy the presence of two Felions.