Argos' star tackle quits

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Business and family commitments have forced Argonauts' star defensive tackle Noah Cantor to retire at the peak of his career.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound veteran notified the Argos of his retirement this week and an announcement is expected today.

The 33-year-old Ottawa native, who has been with the Argos the past three years, is a partner in a chain of hamburger restaurants in Vancouver, which combined with family life has forced him to retire even though he feels he could still play another two or three years.

"The way it's going here, it's tough to leave every six months," he said. "Moving three kids around doesn't get easier as they get older.

"I'd love to still continue to play and be a kid, but I just feel like I can't anymore. Definitely, I'm going to miss it. The past three years have been the best with great players, great ownership, great coaching. It has been a lot of fun. That definitely didn't make it easy to walk away from."

Cantor said he and his wife have been talking about the possibility of his retirement for the past couple months. He told the Argos a little while ago just in case they wanted to make some arrangements. If a player retires before the start of the season, he can unretire at some point during the season. If he retires during the season, he can't come back the same calendar year.

"This wasn't about money or playing time. I made a decision and they were respectful of it and wished me the best and said if I decided to change my mind I could come back," he said. "They did everything they could, but I basically made a decision and have decided to live with it."

Cantor said he gave some thought about possibly asking to be traded to the B.C. Lions, but decided against it.

"It's not an easy decision to make, but I have decided and I'll stick with it," he said. "Will I miss it? Yes. Will I regret my decision? No. Come training camp I'm certainly going to miss it."


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