Kevin Eiben officially ends CFL career

Former Ticat and Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben brought an end to his 12-year CFL career on Wednesday....

Former Ticat and Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben brought an end to his 12-year CFL career on Wednesday. (Stan Behal, QMI Agency)

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Long-time Toronto Argonauts linebacker Kevin Eiben, who played last season with the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats, ended his CFL career Wednesday.

Eiben, a 33-year-old from Delta, B.C., spent 11 of his 12 CFL seasons with the Argos, becoming one of the franchise greats, before finishing up with the Tiger-Cats in 2012. He accepted a job with the Hamilton organization rather than become a backup and special teamer with the Ticats in 2013.

“I finished last season as a starting linebacker, a position and role I became accustomed to throughout my career,” Eiben said on the Tiger-Cats website. “Even more rewarding was the opportunity to play my last game at Rogers Centre against the team I bled and sweated with for 11 years. It’s great to go out on my own accord as a starter in the CFL and I enthusiastically look forward to wherever my next challenge takes me.”

Eiben was an East Division all-star five times with the Argos, a CFL all-star three times and the team nominee for as top Canadian six times. Twice he was named the Argos’ best defensive player and once as their most outstanding player, in 2004 when he won his only Grey Cup title.

In 182 career games, Eiben had 722 defensive tackles — second most by a Canadian in CFL history, behind former teammate Mike O’Shea (1,083) — to go along with 10 interceptions and 15 sacks.


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