Obby Khan has become a Calgary Stampeder — just a few months after announcing his retirement from the CFL.

The 31-year-old offensive lineman played eight seasons in the CFL before releasing a statement in April, saying he was calling it quits.

There were immediate reports that Khan had been forced out by the club, but when contacted by CBC News at the time, he refused to comment on the rumours.

The six-foot, 270-pounder had taken some heat last season when the Bombers failed to push forward and score on some short yardage situations.

Khan was drafted into the CFL by his hometown Ottawa Renegades in the first round (second overall) in 2004. The Bombers picked him up in the 2006 dispersal draft when the Renegades franchise folded.

During his time in Winnipeg, Khan was a fan favourite and an active community volunteer who lived in the city year-round.

He is a three-time recipient of the Cal Murphy ‘Heart of a Legend’ Award, which goes to the Blue Bombers player who best demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and community.

He has also headed up his own charity efforts, creating Khan’s Kids, to help underprivileged kids in Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Project which fights poverty and aids disadvantaged children in Namibia, Africa.