John Chick made CFL headlines this past week when he announced his retirement from professional football. The 35 year-old defensive end from Gillette, Wyoming played eight seasons in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos. He also spent two seasons with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars and played 19 games from 2011 to 2012.
While with the Jaguars, he had nine tackles, two and a half sacks and a forced fumble. Chick’s most impressive NFL game came on October 16, 2011 in a 17-13 Jaguars loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chick had a sack and a forced fumble.
Speaking of Jacksonville, that is where Chick’s family will be based according to 3 Down Nation, and believe me it is a large family. John and his wife Catherine have eight children and are expecting their ninth child this summer. So it seems that Chick might be busier in life after football than his time in professional football as a player.
Chick’s Canadian Football League career was very notable. He won two Grey Cups with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007 and 2013. In 2007, the Roughriders beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and in 2013, the Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 at Mosaic Stadium in front of their home fans in Regina.
Chick played 125 CFL regular season games (2007-2009 and 2013-2015 with the Roughriders, 2016 and 2017 with the Tiger-Cats and the last eight games in his career with the Eskimos in 2017). He had 240 defensive tackles, 72 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and one interception.
Chick’s finest CFL season came in 2009 when he was named the CFL’s most outstanding defensive player. That season he had 28 defensive tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. Chick was also a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career, something he would be again in 2014 and 2016.