Shawn Lemon announces his retirement

Montreal, April 10, 2024 – The Montreal Alouettes announced Wednesday that American defensive lineman Shawn Lemon is retiring.

The Charleston, SC native arrived in Montreal during the 2023 season and had an immediate impact on the team’s defense. In just 13 games, the American made 26 defensive tackles, nine sacks and four knockdowns. The 35-year-old also earned two interceptions and a forced fumble that he returned for a major.

In 148 CFL games, he earned 257 defensive tackles, 101 sacks and 31 forced fumbles. He played in Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and B.C. before arriving in the nest.

“I want to thank Shawn for his services with our team,” said Montreal Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia. “His arrival at mid-season helped us on the field and in the locker rooom. He played a key role in our last Grey Cup victory. We wish him all the best in the future.”

In the Grey Cup game against Winnipeg, he made three defensive tackles and had a sack to help the Alouettes win their eighth title in franchise history. Against Hamilton in the Eastern semifinal, he collected two sacks and five defensive tackles to set the tone for the team early in the playoffs. He also had a strip sack in the East Final against the Argos.