The CFL sees plenty of significant players retiring every year, but what's perhaps most notable about this year's class is that the players who have left have been such prominent personalities as well as outstanding players. Doug Brown, Brent Johnson, Gene Makowsky, Taylor Robertson and Bryan Crawford are all going to leave voids in scribes' notebooks as well as on the field, and that class will be further boosted Thursday when former Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions' offensive tackle Rob Murphy elects to hang his cleats up. Murphy's long been one of the CFL's most ferocious combatants on the field, but he's also become renowned for his accessibility and candour off the field, both with journalists and with fans on Twitter. Teams are certainly going to miss Murphy's on-field presence, but his off-field engagement with fans and reporters may be an even larger loss for the league.Read More »from Rob Murphy’s retirement sees the CFL lose a great personality as well as a top player
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.