Argonauts' Pile retires

Toronto Argonauts' Willie Pile acknowledges the crowd after the team's last CFL football home game,...

Toronto Argonauts' Willie Pile acknowledges the crowd after the team's last CFL football home game, against Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto, November 3, 2011. (Mark Blinch/REUTERS)

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TORONTO - After five CFL seasons, Toronto Argonauts linebacker and safety Willie Pile has decided to retire.

"As I turn the calendar page to the 32nd year of my life, I have also decided to turn a page on my career and retire from professional football," Pile said. "Although I have been preparing extremely hard for the opportunity to compete to hoist the Grey Cup in the great city of Toronto this season, the circumstances and the timing surrounding my decision have been very challenging. I am fully confident that this is the best decision for my family and I at this time."

Pile played in 88 of a possible 90 regular season games over his five-year career with the Argos and had been the team's defensive captain for the past two years. He was also named an East Division All-Star at safety in 2010.

Pile signed with the Argonauts in 2007 and racked up 441 tackles on defense and special teams, 12 interceptions and 12 sacks.


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