Longtime Calgary Stampeders punter Burke Dales hangs 'em up

Burke Dales in action with the Stampeders a couple of years back. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency/Files)

Burke Dales in action with the Stampeders a couple of years back. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency/Files)

Eric Francis, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

CALGARY - Burke Dales considers his nine-year CFL career to be the stuff of dreams, which is fitting given it all started with an epiphany he had in his sleep more than two years after his college playing days had ended.

 

Following failed tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2002) and Montreal Alouettes (2003) the former Concordia standout punter had ditched his cleats and moved to Calgary to start his own ad agency, Kick Communications.

With solid sales, a downtown office and ten employees under his charge he was content to live his life without football. That is until he woke up one morning after a vivid dream about playing football prompted him to mention it to his business mentor, Gerry Brust. His sage advice: pick up the phone and do something about it.

“It was a fluke how it all came together,” said the 37-year-old punter who announced his retirement in a low-key announcement at Spolumbo’s Friday.

 


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