Saskatchewan Roughriders

Scott Schultz - Defensive Tackle - 2001-08 - North Dakota

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Tim Sweitzer - Regina Leader-Post - August 5, 2009

REGINA As he looked back on his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Tuesday, Scott Schultz was glad he took the advice of one of his childhood heroes.

"It came true what Bobby Jurasin said to me in 2004," Schultz said shortly after announcing his retirement from football. "He was visiting for some reason and I was the first guy in the locker room I always am. I'd always get there about three hours before early outs (on game days). He told me, 'I like that you're in here early because you don't know when it's going to be over.' I asked how early he would get there and he said five hours. So I adjusted to five hours after that. That's what I'm going to miss getting there early on game day."

Despite the fact that the CFL season is not even half over and that Schultz believes he could have played two or three more years in the league, the 31-year-old defensive tackle felt it was the right time to walk away.

On Friday, Schultz and business partner Ken Gareau finalized a deal that saw them purchase Regina's MGP Insurance Centre. Schultz is leaving football to become the full-time president of the newly formed Schultz-Gareau Insurance Agency Ltd.

"This is something I didn't do lightly," said Schultz, a Moose Jaw product who was in his ninth season with the Roughriders. "I've been thinking about this moment for a long time in terms of just being real about the situation of football. It can be over in an instant. I had to seize the day when it came to this opportunity.

"The timing wasn't ideal for this, but this is without question a life-changing opportunity for my family and myself."

During Tuesday's press conference, at which Schultz was joined by his wife (Rosaline) and their two young children (Anna and Evan), the lineman showed his sentimental side, but he also displayed the quick wit for which he became so well-known in Saskatchewan.

"Well, let's put it this way: I hope the Riders go down to B.C. and beat the snot out of those fat and sassy pigs out there," Schultz said in reference to his most-famous quote about the B.C. Lions when asked if he regretted any of his one-liners.

Before he read off a list of thank-yous that included his family, Jim Hopson, Richie Hall, Kent Austin, Ron Estay, Ken Miller and Roughriders fans, Schultz had the gathering of media and team officials laughing again as he teared up for the first time.

"I told Gretzky I wouldn't do this," Schultz quipped.

Schultz insisted his retirement had nothing to do with his play this season. In fact, he felt he had grasped the new system instituted by defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry.

"He taught me . . . if you're going to be an old dog, you have to learn new tricks and I thought I really did that," said Schultz.

"After the first five games, in virtually every one of those games, there were times when he did some really good things, in particular in those areas he hadn't done before," noted Etcheverry. "By no means did I think he was close to retirement."

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Scott Schultz was inducted into the teams plaza of honour in 2015.
 

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Scott Schultz   North Dakota  
Yr Team Tkl Sack Fumb Int Td
2001 Ssk 19 0 0 0 0
2002 Ssk 8 0 1 0 0
2003 Ssk 32 6 0 0 0
2004 Ssk 24 8 1 0 0
2005 Ssk 27 9 1 0 0
2006 Ssk 18 6 0 0 0
2007 Ssk 27 4 1 0 0
2008 Ssk 20 2 0 0 0
2009 Ssk 3 0 0 0 0
Total 9 178 35 4 0 0