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Riders' Williams announces retirement, joins front office

The Canadian Press

3/17/2014 1:29:54 PM

REGINA -- Saskatchewan linebacker Renauld Williams has retired from the CFL and has joined the Roughriders' football operations staff.

Williams originally entered the CFL in 2007 when he signed with the Roughriders as a free agent. He spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2010.

Williams spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before re-signing with the Riders 2013.

Williams started the first ten games at middle linebacker in 2013, registering 42 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and four special teams tackles. He suffered a season ending knee injury Sept. 8 in Winnipeg.

In his six year CFL career, Williams played in 76 regular season games registering 326 defensive tackles, 49 special teams tackles, and 21 quarterback sacks.

He also played in four post-season games and the 2009 Grey Cup. He was named a 2011 and 2012 East Division All-Star and was a member of two Grey Cup championship teams, winning with Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2013.

Renauld also had stops with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, seeing action in six regular-season NFL games.

Williams will serve as the Roughriders' director of player development and will assist players in adapting to their roles, both on and off the field while living in the Regina community.

The Roughriders announced earlier Monday that Avon Cobourne has been hired as running backs coach for the 2014 season.

Cobourne is a two-time Grey Cup champion with Montreal (2009, 2010) and was named 2009 Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player. He is also a three time East Division all-star with Montreal and Hamilton (2008, 2009, 2012).