VANCOUVER - Buck Pierce's playing days are over.
The veteran quarterback, who spent his final CFL season with the same team that gave him a chance in the first place, has retired, the B.C. Lions announced Tuesday.
Pierce originally signed with the Leos in 2005 and spent five seasons with the team before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was traded back to B.C. last year and dressed for the final eight regular season games and the Western Semifinal.
Over his nine-year career, the pivot has thrown for 15,289 passing yards and 76 touchdowns, while winning a Grey Cup with the Lions in 2006 before leading the Bombers to the championship game in 2011.
"I am very grateful for the support of teammates, fans and management in both B.C. and Winnipeg during my career," Pierce said in a statement. "It's been a great ride and I'm ready to move into the next phase of my football career."
According to several reports, the former California resident has been approached by a few CFL teams to take on a coaching role.