Ticats safety Barker retires

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Cleo Lemon is sacked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats safety Dylan Barker (20)...

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Cleo Lemon is sacked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats safety Dylan Barker (20) during the second half of their CFL football game in Hamilton, September 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

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HAMILTON, ONT. - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats revealed on Wednesday that safety Dylan Barker was forced to retire due to a chronic back issue.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with my CFL career, especially the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization for four great years that I will never forget. I couldn't have had better teammates, coaches, managers, and mentors, or played in front of better fans," said Barker.

Barker was the first overall pick by Hamilton in the 2008 draft, but missed his entire rookie campaign with a leg injury. He also missed all of last season with the back injury. The University of Saskatchewan product finishes his career with 91 tackles and four interceptions while suiting up in just 35 games.

"It's very unfortunate to see Dylan's promising football career end at such an early age. During his time in Hamilton, he was a positive contributor on and off the field who represented the club with strong character. We wish him nothing but the best as he begins his new career," said Ticats general manager Bob O'Billovich.

 


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