Toronto Argonauts Linebacker Dexter McCoil Announces His Retirement

Toronto Argonauts linebacker Dexter McCoil has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 30-year-old signed with the Argos in June 2021 and recorded 60 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, two sacks and two interceptions in 11 regular-season games. He started the East Finals as a linebacker on the weak side, totaling six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in a narrow loss to Hamilton.

McCoil played five games for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks in 2020 and finished third in the league with 36 tackles.

The six-foot-tall, 220-pound defensive star was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie and CFL All-Star in 2014 after recording 63 defensive tackles, 10 special team tackles, four sacks, two touchdowns and a tie for the championship lead six Interceptions in 18 games for Edmonton.

The following season, the Louisiana native had 71 defensive tackles, two sacks and three interceptions en route to another West Division All-Star nod and finished that season by helping Green and Gold win the Gray Cup.

The University of Tulsa graduate signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2016, playing 16 games and recording 25 tackles and one interception. In a 2017–18 move to the San Francisco 49ers, McCoil Sr. played 10 more NFL games and added five tackles.

A brief stint with San Diego in 2019 preceded McCoil’s return to the CFL in October of that year when the season-ending defensive player would play two games for Calgary. He totaled five tackles and one interception in two games for the Stampeders.

Photo Courtesy: Dexter McCoil (@26Int_Hit)

McCoil finished his CFL career with 196 defensive tackles, 29 special team tackles, 12 interceptions, eight sacks and a forced fumble in 49 career games.

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