Martin Bédard announces his retirement – Montreal Alouettes
Montreal, July 1, 2021 – Montreal Alouettes long snapper Martin BÃ©dard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday after a glorious 11-season CFL career, all with his childhood team. BÃ©dard (6’3 â³, 237 lbs.) Arrived in Montreal in 2009 after being selected in the second round (14th overall) in the Canadian draft. He then helped the team win back-to-back Gray Cups in 2009 and 2010. The 37-year-old Quebec native played 179 games in 11 seasons in Montreal. Former University of Connecticut Husky recorded an impressive 68 total tackles on special teams during that appearance. In addition to lending a precious hand to the Alouettes in the field, BÃ©dard proved to be just as useful outside, as he visited many schools across the province, where he discussed and explained his school career, encouraging young people Quebecers to make the right decisions and stay in school. âI consider myself lucky to have played my entire career with the same team, in my city and my home province. I would like to thank all my coaches, teammates and our fans for these memorable years, âsaid BÃ©dard. âThe Gray Cups, the parades, the electrifying crowds in Montreal, the opposing crowds that we silenced as I spelled the word Montreal on my chest, are all memories that I will cherish forever. BÃ©dard’s efforts on and off the field were recognized following the 2019 season, as he received the prestigious Jake-Gaudaur Trophy. The honor has been bestowed annually since 2010 on a Canadian CFL player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canada‘s veterans: strength, perseverance, courage, camaraderie and contribution to Canadian communities. âWe would like to thank Martin for everything he has done for our organization. He has been a real pillar in the community, as well as a leader in our locker room. The long snapper job is thankless, and Martin did it without a hiccup, while almost always being one of the first guys on the pitch to make the tackle, âsaid general manager Danny Maciocia.