C.J. Gable announces retirement from the CFL

C.J. Gable (John Martinez Pavliga, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Football League running back C.J. Gable of Sylmar, California has retired at the age of 33 according to TSN on Thursday. Gable spent five seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2013 to 2017, and another three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos from 2017 to 2019.

In seven CFL seasons overall, Gable had 880 carries for 4803 yards and 28 touchdowns in 85 regular season games. He also had 243 catches for 2225 yards and 11 more touchdowns in receiving.

In 2019, his last in the CFL, (because the 2020 CFL season was cancelled because of coronavirus), Gable had 205 rushes for 1001 yards and two touchdowns, along with 53 catches for 417 yards and one touchdown.

Gable’s greatest achievement with the Tiger-Cats was being a finalist for the Canadian Football League rookie of the year. In his first CFL season, Gable had 782 yards and 600 receiving yards, and a career-high 12 touchdowns. Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Brett Jones beat Gable out for the award that year.

One could make the argument that Gable was significantly more productive while with Edmonton than with Hamilton. It is with Edmonton, Gable had his only two 1000-yard rushing seasons. He had a career-high 1063 yards in 2018. Gable was traded from Hamilton to Edmonton for two unnamed players on Edmonton’s negotiation list on October 2, 2017.

Prior to being in the CFL, Gable had an outstanding career at the University of Southern California. He was the first freshman running back to ever start a season opener in Trojans history. Gable had 12 rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown in a 50-14 Trojans win over the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.


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