Canadian Football League

Tiger-Cats C Hage retires

Hamilton, ON ( - Longtime Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage announced his retirement Monday following a 10-year CFL career.

A five-time CFLPA All-Star who was named the East Division's top offensive lineman in 2010, Hage appeared in 141 regular-season games and six playoff contests with Hamilton, which selected the 32-year-old with the 14th overall selection in the 2004 CFL Draft.

Hage was voted as the starting center for the Ti-Cats All-Time Team in 2012.

"I am incredibly thankful to have the chance to play 10 years in the Canadian Football League," said Hage. "My career has provided me with a lifetime full of memories and relationships that I will cherish for the rest of my life. As I close the book on my playing career, I would like to thank everyone at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who have helped me throughout my career including my teammates, the staff, our great fans, [team president] Scott Mitchell and [owner] Bob Young. I look forward to beginning another exciting chapter of my life while continuing to work with the Hamilton community."

Hage is also well renowned for his charitable efforts, earning the league's Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2009 in recognition for his philanthropic work. His "Hage's Heroes" community program has provided more than 5,000 underprivileged youth the opportunity to attend Tiger-Cats home games and assisted over 10,000 needy families through food donations.

04/14 16:22:59 ET

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