Former Huskie Big Ben Calls It A Career

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie and former first overall CFL draft pick Ben Heenan announced his retirement this afternoon.

The six-foot-four, 316-pound offensive lineman was selected first overall in the 2012 and made the announcement via his agent, Dan Vertlieb.

Heenan, who is 26, left the Riders following the 2014 season and signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. However, after sustaining a knee injury in training camp he was released by the club before being brought back on the team’s practice roster last November.

Heenan, who is from Grand Coulee, played three years with the Green and White and was the starting right tackle on the Riders’ Grey Cup-winning squad in 2013. In total he would start 46 regular-season games with Saskatchewan before signing with the Colts.

According to the release, “my achievements in football simply would not have happened without the outstanding people I have had in my corner, and I will be forever grateful to everyone who helped me play the game for as long as I did,” Heenan said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing what life has to offer after football.