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February 10, 2023

Pierre-Luc Caron announces his retirement

Montreal Alouettes long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron (35) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Jamal Morrow (25) out of bounds during second half CFL action in Regina. The Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Montreal Alouettes 41-20 on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (CFL PHOTO - Matt Smith)

Montreal, February, 10, 2023 – The Montreal Alouettes announced Fridaythat long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron is hanging up his cleats.

The 29 year-old athlete received an offer as an air traffic controller from NAV Canada that he could not refuse. He will begin in May. He had started the exams and interview process over the past year.

He will be the one contacting the pilots and give them clearance to take off and land. He will make sure all planes can fly safely in the sky.

“This is a job I’ve been aiming for years and I couldn’t miss this opportunity. The decision to leave football was not easy especially since I was playing for the Alouettes, my childhood team,” said Caron. “I will miss my teammates and the organization, and I want to thank the fans who have always supported me on the field.”

Caron played 97 CFL games through six seasons with Calgary and Montreal. in 2022, his work allowed kicker David Côté to maintain an average of 86.3 percent on field goals, which was good for fourth in the CFL. The Alouettes kicker was also second in the league in successful converts at 97.3 percent.

The Laval, Qc. native signed a deal with the Alouettes in 2021 after spending four seasons with Calgary.

The 29-year-old was a fifth-round selection (42nd overall) by the Stampeders in the 2016 CFL Draft. Two years later, he hoisted the Grey Cup with Calgary.

“I would like to thank Pierre-Luc for his excellent work with us,” said Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia. “He has been a role model with his work ethic and we completely understand his decision. We wish him the best of luck in the future”.

The Alouettes also annouce the signing of 23-year-old, wide receiver, Tyshaun James, played for the Blue Devils Central Connecticut University.