According to multiple reports, the Ottawa Redblacks will be holding a press conference tomorrow. Grey Cup MVP Henry Burris is expected to announce his retirement from the CFL. Burris will end a 19 year career that began with the Calgary Stampeders in 1997.
Henry Burris Expected to Announce Retirement
Over the span of his career in the Canadian Football League, Burris spent time with the Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before landing in Ottawa. He also had a stint in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The Bears also sent him overseas to play for the Berlin Thunder of the NFL Europe League. After one season with the Thunder, Burris then returned to the Roughriders.
Burris will close out his career with three Grey Cup championships, two Grey Cup MVP’s, and two CFL MOP trophies. He sits among the league best in several passing categories including 118 career wins (4th), 63,369 passing yards (3rd), and 373 passing touchdowns (3rd).
After the Redblacks victory in the 104th Grey Cup, Henry told reporters that he would take some time to consider his options for the 2017 season. Last week, he announced that he was close to making a final decision on the matter. Today, word came that Ottawa was planning a press conference in order to make a “major announcement.” All indications are that Burris will give his retirement speech at that time.
With his departure, Ottawa will turn to Trevor Harris to lead the team at quarterback. Harris appeared in 12 games amassing 3301 yards and 16 touchdowns. He showed great chemistry with his wide receivers, most notably Chris Williams.
It was no secret Burris was not willing to enter the 2017 season as a backup to Harris. His retirement will negate any quarterback controversy for the team. It also gives Harris the clear path to the starting job for the defending Grey Cup champs.