May 6, 2019


After six seasons including five years and two Grey Cups as a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Adam Berger has announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League.

“I want to thank the Calgary Stampeders for the five amazing years I got to spend in such a great city playing for such a great organization,” said Berger. “I’d also like to thank the Ottawa RedBlacks for the memorable time I got to spend in Ottawa. To all the teammates, coaches, staff, equipment managers, physiotherapists, trainers and anyone else who has impacted my career, both past and present, thank you for making this journey so unforgettable.”

The 28-year-old Vancouver native and Simon Fraser University alum had two stints with the Stamps, joining the club in 2013 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. After four seasons in Calgary – including a Grey Cup victory in 2014 – he signed with the Ottawa RedBlacks as a free agent in 2017.

Berger rejoined the Stampeders as a free agent in 2018 and had his most productive season, playing all 18 regular-season games and making nine starts at safety. He was the starter for the Western Final and the Grey Cup as the Stamps won a championship.

“We’re disappointed to see Adam go but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He was a solid and dependable player for us and made important contributions both on defence and special teams. In particular, he really came on at the end of last season to help us win a championship.”

“Adam made huge contributions to our organization,” said head coach Dave Dickenson. “We’re sorry to see him go but he’ll always be a part of our family and he’ll always be welcome here.”

Berger played a total of 98 regular-season and post-season games in the CFL including 79 with the Stamps. In 89 regular-season contests, he recorded 32 defensive tackles, 25 special-teams tackles, four knockdowns, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.