Stampeders' Pat Clayton takes a knee

Calgary Stampeders Director of Medical Services Pat Clayton (L) walks with Larry Taylor (R) during...

Calgary Stampeders Director of Medical Services Pat Clayton (L) walks with Larry Taylor (R) during practice in Calgary, AB October 12, 2011. After 36 years in the CFL, Clayton is calling it a career. Calgary Sun File

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

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CALGARY - Fans of the Calgary Stampeders have been spoiled over the years.

Some of the best players in CFL history have earned their paycheques at McMahon Stadium.

A lot of those players would never have been on the field if not for Pat Clayton.

The club’s long-time director of medical services announced his retirment Wednesday, ending a 36-year career in the CFL.

“I thought it was time to spend some time with my family,” said Clayton, who spent 29 years with the Stamps. “I thought the timing was right for me.

“I wanted to do some other things in my life that were important — and maybe even have a summer.”

Clayton says he took great pride in helping players get back on the field after suffering serious football injuries.

“When I first started, when anyone tore an achilles tendon, that was a death-knell,” said Clayton, who spent the first seven years of his CFL career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “Everybody said, ‘Well, he’ll never play again.’


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