Tiger-Cats defensive back Rico Murray announces retirement

According to cfl.ca, Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Rico Murray of Cincinnati, Ohio has announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League at the age of 32. Murray played seven CFL seasons with the Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, and Ottawa Redblacks from 2013 to 2019.

Murray, who wore the number zero, played in 104 CFL regular season games. He was with the Tiger-Cats from 2013 to 2016, the Argonauts in 2017, Redblacks in 2018, and Tiger-Cats again in 2019. Over that time, he had 340 defensive tackles, 17 interceptions, 16 special team tackles, six forced fumbles, four sacks, and three touchdowns.

In 2019, Murray had 50 defensive tackles, two interceptions, one touchdown, and one special teams tackle. He had his first interception in a dominant 64-14 Hamilton win over Toronto on June 22, 2019. Murray picked off a Mcleod Bethel-Thompson pass and ran with the football for 37 yards into the end zone. Murray also had a four-yard interception in a 13-10 Tiger-Cats win over the British Columbia Lions on August 24, 2019.

A Grey Cup champion with the Argonauts in 2017, Murray was a CFL East All-Star in 2014, 2017, and 2018. A product of Kent State, Murray played three seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009 to 2011. He played in nine games over that time and had 19 combined tackles (17 solo tackles and two assisted tackles) and three pass deflections.

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