2013 was a roller coaster season for Riders linebacker Rey Williams.
Williams started the season as one of the best linebackers in the league and he was the early run away favourite for the team's nominee for defensive player of the year. Through those 10 games Williams had amassed 42 tackles, four special teams tackles, a team leading seven quarterback sacks and one interception.
The CFL released their list of potential 2014 free agents on Thursday.
19 Saskatchewan Roughriders were on that list, but one of those is defensive end Brent Hawkins who retired before the season began.
The rest of the team's free agents are as follows:
Whether you like it or not the 2013 CFL season is now over and the focus is already shifting towards 2014. For the Saskatchewan Roughriders that means changes will be coming to the roster that won the fourth Grey Cup in the team's history.
Some of change the team can control. The Riders have a number of pending free agents, including three key players the team definitely won't want to lose: running back Kory Sheets, receiver Weston Dressler and linebacker Craig Butler. All three could be free to sign with whichever team they want in February.
Saskatchewan Roughrider fans waiting to get their hands on 2013 Grey Cup championship gear won't have to wait much longer—shipments are starting to roll in.
A new set of hats and T-shirts are in Rider Stores as of Wednesday and more will be coming in continuously, according to the Riders' Steve Mazurak, vice-president of sales and corporate partnerships.
"I'm sure people can imagine our suppliers are really, really strained. We all know about the voracious appetite of the Rider fans," he said.
That includes the stores outside of Regina as well.
The games are done, the parties are over, and now the locker room is dark and empty.
The 2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders dream season is now officially over. Before their big parade and rally on Tuesday the players were busy cleaning out their lockers after a season which saw them make history by winning the Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium for the first and last time ever.
A flood of fans clad in green and white celebrated again on Tuesday with a celebratory Grey Cup parade and a rally at the provincial Legislature building.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders capped the 101st Grey Cup festivities on Tuesday with a victory parade. The team, most on flatbed semi trailers, travelled down Albert St. from 10th Ave. to the Legislature. The procession moved quickly, arriving in Wascana Centre in less than 15 minutes.
The team and the Premier then gathered outside the Legislature for a celebration.
The Roughriders brain trust is basking in the glory of the team's 2013 Grey Cup win.
Certainly it must feel like a gigantic weight has been lifted off their shoulders after the massive internal and external pressure to make sure that the Riders not only played in the biggest game in franchise history, but also won it.
On Monday team President and CEO Jim Hopson, General Manager Brendan Taman and Head Coach Corey Chamblin all met with the media. Out of all three, the win has to be the most satisfying to Taman.
They drank to get ready for the Grey Cup, they drank during the Grey Cup, and they drank to celebrate a Roughriders victory.
A lot of Saskatchewan residents woke up on Monday hoping for a statutory holiday and a little hung over. The preliminary sales numbers from Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority stores in Regina explain why.
After taking Monday off from celebrating Rider fans and Grey Cup Festival organizers will storm back into the cold on Tuesday for a victory parade.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that fans, players, and team personnel are going to have another chance to celebrate, marching from Mosaic Stadium to the provincial Legislature. It's a last-minute event, the details of which were only firmed up on Monday afternoon.
After a week-long celebration in Rider nation it’s time for CFL fans from all over Canada to head home.
The Regina International Airport was busy Monday morning with those fans who took part in the 101st Grey Cup festivities. Blue Bombers fans Chris Kroker and his son Chris Kroker Jr. were waiting to fly back to Winnipeg. The two soaked up the entire Grey Cup experience: the parties and the game at Mosaic Stadium.
Kroker Jr. said the memories that will stand out the most for him will be seeing Rider pride at its peak.