(Vancouver) The BC Lions Football Club today announced that receiver Shawn Gore has retired from football.

Shawn has informed the club that he has decided to retire and pursue a new path,” said Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono. He is an outstanding husband and father and we are very grateful for his many contributions to our organization both on and off the field. We wish Shawn and his entire family the very best.”

The Bishop’s University grad was the club’s second-round selection in the 2010 CFL Draft and joined the Lions midway through the regular season after attending training camp with the Green Bay Packers. Through seven CFL campaigns, he appeared in 113 regular season games recording 307 receptions for 3,911 yards with 20 majors. The Ontario native also enjoyed a Grey Cup win in 2011.

I am proud to have played my professional football career with the BC Lions,” said Gore.  Wally Buono and the entire Lions organization gave me the opportunity to excel on the field as an athlete and off the field as a mentor, husband and father. My family and I thank the entire BC Lions family for a great seven years. My fellow teammatescoaches and fans have made this a truly memorable experience. I give all the glory to god who has blessed me with the opportunity to play football and I am excited about making the transition to the next chapter of my life.”

The Lions also announced the national defensive back Eric Fraser has requested and been granted his release from the club.