Today was a sad day in Ottawa and for the Ottawa Redblacks. After losing a group of stars in the free agency period in 2018 including Trevor Harris, Will Powell and Greg Ellingson, over two years later the team has lost yet another key contributor to that firepower offence. Brad Sinopoli, an Ottawa Gee Gee great and a future hall of famer in the CFL has announced his retirement from the game of football.
Sinopoli has been a huge piece to the Redblacks offence since joining it in 2015, having gone for 1,000 yards receiving in four consecutive seasons, playing in three Grey Cups with the team and winning one in 2016. He has been the number one receiver in Ottawa since he got here, leaving a big hole in the Redblacks’ depth chart for 2021. Eventhough there are over 25 receivers on the roster today in Ottawa not one has gone over that 1,000 yard marker as a professional, making this a breakout opportunity for Canadians Michael Klukas, Daniel Petermann and Nate Behar as well as receivers RJ Harris, Jerminic Smith, DeVonte Dedmon and company from across the border. This retirement makes the 2021 season even more interesting and puts more eyes on coach LaPolice and what he’s planning on doing in the Ottawa Redblacks offence but Sinopoli had one last message for the fans in Ottawa as he makes his announcement.
“Well RNation, my time on the field has come to an end.
It’s been an incredible ride but after a lot of thought and listening to my body, I have made the difficult decision to retire from football. It wasn’t an easy decision to bid farewell to such a big part of my life, but the time away from the game this past year, time spent with my family, has made me realize that now is the right time to say farewell.
So many people were involved in helping me get to this point in my career, especially being able to retire as a healthy, proud and grateful CFLer. It will take some time, but I will recognize and thank you all.
I will be forever thankful for the opportunity the Calgary stampeders gave me at both quarterback and receiver and beyond grateful to the Ottawa REDBLACKS for giving me a chance to turn into the player I never thought I would. The REDBLACKS organization, the coaches, fans and players have left me with lifelong memories that I will cherish forever.
I love the City of Ottawa and I’ll always be a REDBLACK.”