Gizmo Williams says farewell to football

Henry (Gizmo) Williams of the Edmonton Eskimos, the most prolific kick returner in CFL history, announced Thursday he will retire from professional football this weekend.

Williams has spent 14 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.

He leaves the CFL with an incredible legacy of records including the longest playoff punt return of 103 yards.

But Williams says it's time to say good-bye to football.

"I'm just glad they gave me a chance to wean myself and let it come out of my system," says Williams. "I'm to the point now where I used to go to practice and I didn't have to push myself all the time and I'm pushing too much now. I want to see the other guys go out there and have fun."

Williams will play his final regular season home game at Commonwealth Stadium this Saturday when the Eskimos take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Here are some of Gizmo Williams CFL career statistics:

  • CFL's leader in punt returns (1,002 for 11,134 yards and 26 touchdowns)
  • CFL's leader in kickoff returns (333 for 7,291 yards and two touchdowns).
  • returned 58 missed field goals for 1,612 yards and three TDs.
  • amassed 23,787 all-purpose yards, second only to Mike (Pinball) Clemons (25,438) in CFL history.
  • caught 199 career passes for 3,644 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • played on two Grey Cup-championship teams in Edmonton (1987-'93)
  • five-time league all-star.