Canadian Football League

Longtime BC lineman Reid retires

Vancouver, BC ( - Center Angus Reid, who helped the BC Lions to a pair of Grey Cup titles during a 12-year tenure with the organization, announced his retirement on Friday.

Reid, a three-time West Division All-Star who played in 200 games over 13 CFL seasons, was a key member of the Lions' 2006 and 2011 Grey Cup championship squads as well as the 2004 team that reached the league title game.

"Few players have made the kind of impression both on and off the field as a member of the BC Lions like Angus has during his career," Lions general Wally Buono said. "He was an incredibly durable player, a tremendous leader in our dressing room and he will be missed by everyone in our organization."

A British Columbia native, Reid was the fourth overall pick of the 2001 CFL Draft and spent his rookie season with the Montreal Alouettes before being traded to the Lions in July of 2001.

"I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play the game I love in front of the most important people in my life for more than a decade," said Reid. "I leave football with a lifetime worth of memories and as a far richer person because of the people who I have had the pleasure and honor to call teammates and coaches. My thanks as well to fans of the BC Lions, you are simply the best and it was a privilege to represent you on the field."

03/07 15:36:04 ET