Mariuz Returns, Ticats Add Four To Practice Roster

The Tiger-Cats announced today that veteran Canadian linebacker Ray Mariuz has re-joined the Ticats lineup and will practice with the team this morning.

In eight previous CFL seasons, Mariuz recorded 157 defensive tackles, 157 special teams tackles, six quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. He was nominated as the Ticats Most Outstanding Canadian in 2008. His 76 special teams tackles as a Ticat are the sixth-highest total in team history.

The Ticats also announced that import defensive linemen Jerry Brown and Justin Mincey, along with import defensive backs Ryan Jones and Woodny Turenne, have joined the team’s practice roster.

For more info: http://www.ticats.ca/article/mariuz-ret … ice-roster

Ray has always been an ST beast and he's an all-round great guy. Welcome back!!!

This is a good move, especially considering Ray is a non-import.

What was his reason for retiring? He's only 30 years old.

The Spec story covering his retirement announcement earlier this year:

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“Going through the off season, I thought that I’d be able to play at least another year. At this point, I was kind of taking it a year at a time,? added the linebacker.

As for the timing, Mariuz said it was a decision he didn’t want to drag on, and it came down to two factors: his health and a growing post-football career.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to only miss one game due to injury over my eight years but, at the same time, I’ve had back problems and a couple of concussions. On the flip side, my real estate career has been going well. It became a point where I had to do what was in the best interest of not just me, but my family,? Mariuz said.

Welcome back Ray

Nice to see for sure!

Mariuz, the 6-3 228-pound linebacker is excited to be back with his old team, but he is back for one reason and one reason only.

“The shot at one more Grey Cup is ultimately what I’m here for.?

http://www.cfl.ca/article/mariuz-happy-to-be-back-in-ticats-fold

The Cats are in for a great post season. I can feel it in my bones. (or is that my rhumatism?) :wink: