Veteran Argos running back Whitaker pondering his football future

Quarterback Ricky Ray isn’t the only Toronto Argonaut pondering his football future following the club’s surprising Grey Cup run.

Veteran running back Brandon Whitaker, 32, is also weighing his options following a roller-coaster 2017 season.

Whitaker began the campaign as Toronto’s starting running back before injury forced him to the sidelines and allowed James Wilder Jr. to emerge as a bona fide offensive threat and capture the CFL’s top rookie award.

Whitaker appeared in just nine games last season, rushing for 357 yards on 81 carries (4.4-yard average) and registering 30 catches for 226 yards.

He didn’t score a touchdown for the first time in his nine-year CFL career.

The five-foot-10, 200-pound Whitaker says he’ll enjoy the holidays with his wife and two young boys, aged two and three, before deciding on whether to continue playing football.

Whitaker adds physically he feels like he can still be an effective player but that retirement remains an option.

-CP

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9 Comments on Veteran Argos running back Whitaker pondering his football future

  1. A class act i wish him the very best,

  2. Whitaker has survived a lot with style. Appreciate him whatever his decision. Hope he comes back of course to mentor not only James, but other young backs.

  3. BigRedMachine // December 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm //

    I think Whitaker’s football journey has come to an end. Nothing but the best wishes for his future…

  4. If Wilder Jr. returns, it’s probably time for Whitaker to be done, or ask for a release to try to catch on elsewhere. But the Argos will have a decision if Wilder asks to be released a year early to try the American League.

  5. Brandon has been a class act throughout his career and even more so this past season. In the past 3 years, he has put the team first and the Argos have been so fortunate to have him. As one of my favourite players ever, I sincerely hope Brandon stays but will respect his decision should he decide to retire.

  6. Ivan Diablo // December 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm //

    whittaker is a class act and a very good back – argos would be very wise yo try and pry away cdn free agent running back messom from calgary

  7. solara2000 // December 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm //

    Ditto to the positive comments. A tough takes more than a tough person; it takes a thoughtful, respectful and humble person, with a close support network (family, friends) to keep himself grounded through the good, the bad and the ugly. Best wishes with whichever decision he makes.

  8. A good solid player and teammate. Brandon is a good RB who may want to continue as a good backup. Bet he would be a very good RB coach if he decides to hang em up.

  9. Jim nails my views and I’d not bet against Whitaker coaching RBs as he’s tight with both Trestman and Popp from MTL days and he’s regarded as a leader and class act. It might mean waiting on Wilder too.

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