Marc Calixte walks away from Stampeders

Stampeders linebacker Marc Calixte retired from the team after 10 seasons in the CFL. (Al...

Stampeders linebacker Marc Calixte retired from the team after 10 seasons in the CFL. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

It wasn’t the knee injury that ended Marc Calixte’s football career. It was his son’s reaction to it.

“When I got hurt, my (five-year-old) son saw me on crutches with a big brace on my leg, and he started crying his eyes out,” the longtime Calgary Stampeders linebacker said Tuesday after announcing his retirment.

“I came to realize what I do has a lot bigger impact than what I previously thought.

“That helped in my decision making. It was time to pull the plug and call it a career.”

Calixte was the longest-serving player on the Stamps roster.

The 34-year-old joined the Stampeders in 2003 after being selected in the first round (seventh overall) of the CFL Canadian College Draft out of the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Calixte, who blew out his left knee on Labour Day, was facing a lengthy rehab process if he elected to keep playing.


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