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CFL veteran player Tristan Jackson signs deal to retire as Saskatchewan Roughrider

Saskatchewan Roughriders' Tristan Jackson (38) celebrates his kick return against the B.C. Lions as Anthony Allen (26) watches during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Oct. 3, 2015.
Saskatchewan Roughriders' Tristan Jackson (38) celebrates his kick return against the B.C. Lions as Anthony Allen (26) watches during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Oct. 3, 2015. Darryl Dyck / Global News

Defensive back/kick-returner Tristan Jackson signed a one-day contract with Saskatchewan on Thursday to retire as a Roughrider.

Jackson spent five of his nine CFL seasons with Saskatchewan, winning a Grey Cup with the franchise in 2013. Jackson began his Canadian career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 and also played with the Ottawa Redblacks (2016).

“I want to congratulate Tristan Jackson on an outstanding nine-year CFL career,” Jeremy O’Day, Saskatchewan’s vice-president of football operations/GM, said in a statement. ”

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“He came to work every day and gave you everything he had, which contributed to the longevity and the consistency throughout his career.”

Jackson appeared in 75 career games with Saskatchewan and stands second in club history in kickoff returns (146) and kickoff return yards (3,435).

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Jackson also has the longest field-goal return in club history at 129 yards (for a TD).

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Over his career, Jackson ranks second in kickoff return yards (6,478) and fifth overall in total return yards (10,868) all-time.

“I humbly announce my retirement from the Canadian Football League in order to officially close the final chapter of my career,” Jackson said.

“I want to thank the Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Redblacks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great league for nine seasons. I also want to thank fans across the league, especially Rider Nation, for their support. I will never forget it.”

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