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Sanchez calls it a career

North Delta’s Davis Sanchez finished his 11-year CFL career playing cornerback for the B.C. Lions. - COURTESY BC LIONS
North Delta’s Davis Sanchez finished his 11-year CFL career playing cornerback for the B.C. Lions.
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An 11-year career in the Canadian Football League (CFL) has come to an end for North Delta native Davis Sanchez.

A cornerback with the B.C. Lions, Sanchez decided to call it a career earlier this week. The 37-year-old retires as a three-time divisional all-star and four-time Grey Cup champion.

“Davis was a valued leader during his time with us and we wish him the very best moving forward,” said vice-president of football operations and general manager Wally Buono in a statement.

Davis played junior football with the Surrey Rams, before playing two seasons with Butte Junior College and one with the Oregon Ducks of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

He turned pro with the Montreal Alouettes in 1999, and a year later had his best season with 48 tackles and nine interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

He joined the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League in 2001, making 19 tackles in 16 games played. After playing just four games the following season, he returned to the CFL he played just four games the following season before returning to Canada and suiting up for the Calgary Stampeders in 2003. He was back in Montreal a year later, then joined the Edmonton Eskimos for their Grey Cup championship season in 2005.

A third stint with the Alouettes lasted four season, and netted Sanchez two more Grey Cups (2008-09), before he signed as a free agent with the Lions in 2010. Although injuries ended his season after just five games last year, he was part of a fourth Grey Cup winning team.

“I am going to miss this league, but that being said, I feel so fortunate to have had it be such a huge part of my life thus far,” Davis said in a statement. “Many thanks to all of the great teammates, coaches, fans and people I have met throughout my career in the CFL.

“And a very special thanks to both the Alouettes and Lions organizations.”

In total, Sanchez played 155 games with four teams, intercepting 28 passes, scoring five touchdowns. He was an East Division All-Star with Montreal in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and was a CFL All-Star in 2000.

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