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BC Lions Football Club GM and head coach Wally Buono today announced that national offensive lineman Dean Valli has elected to retire.
“Dean gave us everything he had for 10 years and I’m grateful for his contribution to our club both on the field and in the community,” said Buono. “I know he steps away from the game with a very bright future ahead of him and we wish Dean the very best as he moves into the next phase of his life.”
Valli, a graduate of Simon Fraser University, was selected by the Lions in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2006 CFL Draft and appeared in 10 regular season games for the Lions last season and 155 during his 10 seasons with the club. He earned Grey Cup rings in 2006 and 2011.
Beyond his accomplishments on the field, Dean was a tireless contributor to the club’s many community programs, dedicating countless hours to a multitude of worthwhile causes such as Be More Than a Bystander and FortisBC Energy Champions and made dozens of visits to amateur football practices across the Lower Mainland.
“It was an incredible honour to have been able to play my entire career for my hometown team,” said Valli. “The memories that I take away from this decade of professional football will be with me always and I’m excited about what the future holds for me both professionally and personally.”
International receiver Cam Morrah, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2015 has informed the club of his intention to retire as well.