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Rey Williams hanging up his cleats to join Riders front office

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced that import linebacker Rey Williams is retiring from the Canadian Football League.

Williams originally entered the CFL in 2007 when he signed with the Roughriders as a free agent. The Hofstra University product spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2010.

Williams spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before re-signing with the Riders in February, 2013 for his second stint with the Riders.

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Last season, Williams started the first ten games at middle linebacker, registering 42 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and four special teams tackles. He suffered a season ending knee injury on September 8th in Winnipeg.

In his six year CFL career, Williams played in 76 regular season games registering 326 defensive tackles, 49 special teams tackles, and 21 quarterbacks sacks. He also played in four postseason games and the 2009 Grey Cup. He was named a 2011 and 2012 East Division All-Star and was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams, winning with Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2013.

Williams has accepted a position on the club’s football operations staff. He will immediately begin working as the team’s Director of Player Development.

In the role, Williams will assist players in adapting to their roles, both on and off the field, while living in the Regina community. With an emphasis on education and finances, the goal is to provide players with a sense of balance as they acclimatize to life as a CFL player.