Deibert hangs up cleats

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Scott Deibert doesn't have to rummage very long to find a highlight from his CFL career.

Although a Grey Cup ring earned with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001 provided the obvious pinnacle during his eight seasons, the Canadian running back's 12-yard trick-play TD toss in 2003 was the most memorable moment.

"I still laugh when I think that play actually got called," Deibert chuckled yesterday upon announcing his retirement from football.

"I'm retiring with a perfect QB rating -- one pass, one TD, no interceptions."

The 35-year-old former Calgary Colts star was drafted into the CFL in the third round, 17th overall, in 1998 by current Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins, then GM of the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Minot State product from Moose Jaw had been used primarily on special teams.

"I knew it going into last season that it was time to retire," Deibert said.

"My age is getting up there and your body just tells you. It was getting tougher and tougher to get ready every week. I guess it was becoming a job. This way I get to go out on my own terms.

"It's tough because that team is going to be very good for a long time."

Making the move more viable is a house Deibert and wife Krista won in a home lottery in 2004.

Deibert has also been working part-time in sales at Alberta Tubular Products, an oil industry supplies company.


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