Stamps signed a one-day contract with the team he led in receiving for five consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2013.
“It’s the only way to go out,” Stamps said. “Once an Eskimo, always an Eskimo.”
Stamps played his final year in the CFL in 2015 with the Montreal Alouettes after being traded for receiver Kenny Stafford.
The numbers for Stamps are among the best ever for an Eskimos receiver. His 496 receptions is third-most, behind Brian Kelly and Terry Vaughn, and his 7,932 yards put him behind only Kelly in Eskimos’ history.
The native of New Orleans played eight seasons in green and gold and he registered five 1,000-yard seasons and was twice named the team’s Most Outstanding Player nominee.
The 37-year-old led the CFL in receiving twice and also had two 200-yard games.
“I really appreciate my time in the CFL and my time as an Eskimo,” he said. “It just was amazing. Even when I was in Montreal, I got the chance to be in the locker room with a great group of guys.”
On Sept. 14, 2011, in Hamilton, Stamps hauled in 14 receptions in a game — one off the Eskimos’ team record and two off the CFL mark.
The only thing that eluded Stamps in his great career was a Grey Cup.
Things play out how it’s supposed to play out, but I’m just excited I get to retire with the green and gold.”
Stamps will return to the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on June 14 where he will be honoured by the club during its season opener against Montreal.
– With files from Kirby Bourne, 630 CHED