Dickenson's farewell

Stampeders receiver Rambo fools pretends to tackle Dickenson at practice at McMahon Stadium....

Stampeders receiver Rambo fools pretends to tackle Dickenson at practice at McMahon Stadium. (Stuart Dryden/SUN MEDIA)

ERIC FRANCIS

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

CALGARY -- Looks like Dave Dickenson's 11th season in the CFL will be his last.

Informed he wouldn't even be considered for medical clearance despite a total absence of post-concussion symptoms, the 35-year-old quarterback yesterday told Sun Media he won't return to the game next year.

"I don't see it happening," shrugged Dickenson, who returned to the Stamps this year following five injury-plagued seasons in B.C.

"If I can't play this year then I can't see myself (coming back)."

Knocked out of the Stamps' lineup on Labour Day by a routine hit that triggered his fourth concussion in as many seasons, Dickenson came off the nine-week injured list at season's end only to be told by team officials he wouldn't return to the practice field for the playoffs.

"I was hoping," said the 2006 Grey Cup MVP of the possibility of returning to a backup role for the post-season.

"We talked about it, but I couldn't get clearance. I couldn't get the doctor to get on board.

"If the training staff and the doctor decide it's not a good idea, we could really never go past that."

Insisting he feels good despite the disappointment of not being able to suit up again, Dickenson figures the club likely decided when they signed him that if he had one more concussion they would protect the father of two from further injuries by shutting him down.

"It was a normal football hit ... nothing major but they just decided probably back then that was going to be it," said Dickenson, the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2000 when he wrapped up five years in Calgary by jumping to the NFL.

"Even the day after I came back (from the latest hit), they had the paperwork signed.

"Selfishly, I'd like to be uniform and try to help more than I've been doing, but that's the way it goes. I'm not dwelling on it."

Instead, he's been on the sidelines helping Henry Burris jump to elite status.

Although Dickenson enjoyed the coaching role he wasn't sure if that was something he'd consider down the road.

"I don't know," said the two-time Grey Cup winner when asked what he'd do next.

"I'm not even thinking about that."


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