Blue Bombers Release Troy Westwood After 17 Years

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2008

After 17 years of up-and-down field goal kicking, Troy Westwood was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. Westwood holds more than 30 team records, but doesn't expect to be contacted by any teams for a contract.

"I'm not retiring, but I'd be surprised to get a call from anyone. I'd be open to the idea but I'm not expecting that." said Westwood. Bombers Coach Doug Berry said that the team needs a "more reliable kicker". Westwood had a 60% completion record this year.

Bombers General Manager Brendan Taman suggested that Westwood retire, but that comment was not taken too well. "I knew the answer I was going to get, and I can't repeat it ... it was declined, I'll say that," Winnipeg reporters were told by Taman.

Westwood looks forward to the future, even as wearing Blue Bombers jerseys as a fan and not a player. Westwood plans to be touring with his band, Little Hawk, who were nominated for the Juno's "Aboriginal Recording of the Year", in 2007.

"This is a new beginning," said Westwood. "A number of opportunities are going to make themselves present to me because football has probably come to an end. And I think football has put a lot of aspects of my life on hold for a number of years.So this is a new beginning, it's a new chapter, and I look forward to it, all the new challenges and opportunities that will be coming my way."

-Chris Allen