Scott Flory will announce his decision on his playing future in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday by the Montreal Alouettes. Several news outlets have said it will be to announce his retirement.
Since these announcements never end with a player saying that he’s coming back, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Alouettes will have to replace two future Hall of Famers this season. It is fitting that Flory and Anthony Calvillo will be eligible to go into the Hall of Fame in the same year.
Flory is the new president of the Canadian Football League Player’s Association since March and the 37 year old offensive lineman is participating in talks for the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.
Flory played all 15 of his seasons with the Alouettes and was an all-star in nine of those seasons. Like Calvillo, he suffered a season-ending injury last season. His last game was July 12 against the Calgary Stampeders when he suffered a torn biceps.
He was the league’s top offensive lineman twice – in 2008 and 2009 – and won three Grey Cups. He was one of the league’s best linemen consistently and went 12 straight years without missing a start up until 2013.
The Regina native was drafted 15th overall (third round) in 1998 by the Alouettes. He went to training camp that year but returned to the University of Saskatchewan where he won the Vanier Cup that season.
His retirement is just another reason why it was so important for the Alouettes to lock up Josh Bourke. You can expect Jim Popp to try and reload the Alouettes offensive line in the CFL’s upcoming draft as well.
OTHER ALOUETTES NEWS AND NOTES:
– The Alouettes announced plans to revamp Molson Stadium slightly for the 2014 season. The west end zone seats are no more and will instead be place for a party area. They also announced plans to retire Anthony Calvillo’s #13 on their annual Thanksgiving Monday game on October 13.