Stampeders' Danielsen retires

Vince Danielsen's future likely includes football or fitness, but not both.

Danielsen, the durable slotback for the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders, is seriously considering retirement.

Instead, the 30-year-old Vancouver native would concentrate solely on Innovative Fitness, his burgeoning Calgary-based business.

Danielsen told the Calgary Sun: "There are two main reasons why I'm thinking of retiring. One, I basically said, I'm at the point in my career where I have business opportunities.

"For four years now, I've been building up Innovative Fitness. With my business going well off the field, it might be a great time to do this.

"And two, I've achieved everything I want to in football. I've played in four Grey Cups and won two.

"The last game I played, we won the championship. I don't know how much more I can accomplish."

Danielsen has spent his entire eight-year CFL career with Calgary after being selected third overall in the bonus round of the 1984 Canadian College Draft.

Should he retire, Danielsen will depart with 468 career receptions for 6,068 yards and 34 touchdowns.

An additional six catches for 82 yards earned him outstanding Canadian honours in Calgary's 26-24 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 86th Grey Cup at Winnipeg Stadium in 1998.

Danielsen also caught five passes for 73 yards in last year's 27-19 upset win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 89th Grey Cup at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Because he remains a key contributor, Danielsen made certain to discuss his intentions with head coach and general manager Wally Buono.

"Last year, at the end of the season, I had a lot of thoughts about going in a different direction in my life," Danielsen said. "I went to Wally to talk, so that he knew what I was thinking.

"I didn't want to say in June, just before camp, that I was retiring."

Buono, for one, believes Danielsen's recurring hamstring problems the past two years must be factored into any final decision.

"Our concern as an employer is that his injury situation has been going on for more than one year now," Buono said. "My point is that Vince was very frustrated by the injuries too."

"For me, personally, it has nothing to do with injuries," Danielsen countered. "But I understand Wally's situation, I understand his concerns.

"I understand the numbers side of things with injuries. He's right, there are a lot of issues with that."

That said, Danielsen expects to decide his future later this month.

"Once my decision is made, I won't prolong it," he said. "If I decide not to return, I'll tell the team quickly."