Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Bombers' Khan retiring, opening restaurant

  • Print

After eight seasons in the CFL – six of those spent in the middle of Winnipeg's offensive line – Obby Khan has called it a career.

The Blue Bombers centre announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon.

The 31-year-old delivered an emotional 30-miunte speech to friends, family and former teammates upstairs at the Bomber offices, and singled out the fans as the one thing he’s going to miss the most.

"The fans, without a doubt, will be the hardest thing for me to walk away from," he said. "Seeing the faces when you walk off the field, win or lose, when you walk around the city… I was born in Ottawa… no one cared (about the CFL) there. Here, everybody cared. It was amazing to be a part of that."

Khan dismissed the notion that the club asked him to step aside for the younger linemen in the system. He said he’s been thinking about moving onto the next phase of his life for months now, and only decided to make the leap into retirement last week.

"I don’t think it really caught (the Bombers) by surprise," Khan said.

"I just feel like the time is now. We have some young guys ready to go… I think it’s time to move on."

Khan was selected by Winnipeg with the second pick in the 2006 Ottawa Renegades’ dispersal draft and started all 18 games in his first season with the Blue and Gold. He missed much of the 2007 and 2008 seasons with a serious illness but fought back and returned to the lineup in 2009, playing in all 18 games, 16 of those as a starter.

Originally a second overall pick by Ottawa in the 2004 CFL draft, Khan played in 118 games, two playoff games and the 99th Grey Cup in his professional football life. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman calls Winnipeg his home and remains unselfish with his time, as he is actively involved with various charitable efforts in the Manitoba community.

"Obby has always been a very hard worker and an excellent ambassador to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throughout the province of Manitoba," Bombers G.M. Joe Mack said in a statement. "We’d like to thank him for everything he has done for this organization and wish him well as he turns the page on a new chapter in his life."

Khan's next career will be as a restaurateur. He's opening a restaurant in the downtown area later this summer.

video player to use on WFP
History

Updated on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM CDT: updates with full writethru

2:53 PM: adds photo from announcement

3:14 PM: Written through after announcement.

3:21 PM: updates with full writethru

5:30 PM: Adds video.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Gary Lawless & Tim Campbell on the Jets' inconsistency - Jets This Week Oct. 16

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS BUSINESS - cow on farm owned by cattle farmer Lloyd Buchanan near Argyle Wednesday afternoon -see Larry Kusch's story  January 04/2006
  • A one day old piglet glances up from his morning feeding at Cedar Lane Farm near Altona.    Standup photo Ruth Bonneville Winnipeg Free Press

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who will you vote for in Wednesday's mayoral race?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google