John Chick
No. 97
Born: (1982-11-20) November 20, 1982 (age 41)
Gillette, Wyoming, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight250 lb (110 kg)
CollegeUtah State
High schoolCampbell County (WY)
Career history
As player
2006Houston Texans*
20072009Saskatchewan Roughriders
20102011Indianapolis Colts*
20112012Jacksonville Jaguars
20132015Saskatchewan Roughriders
20162017Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2017Edmonton Eskimos
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2009, 2014, 2016
CFL East All-Star2016
CFL West All-Star2009, 2014
Career stats
Games Played128
Defensive Tackles219
Forced fumbles15

John Chick (born November 20, 1982) is a former professional Canadian football defensive end who played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League, primarily with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After signing with Saskatchewan in 2007, he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player after the 2009 CFL season. He would help the team capture the Grey Cup twice, in 2007 and 2013. Chick has also spent time in the National Football League (NFL) with the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to playing professional football, Chick played college football for the Utah State Aggies. During his senior season with the Aggies, Chick recorded 12.5 quarterback sacks, good enough for fifth overall in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[1] Chick also played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Edmonton Eskimos later in his career.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Chick attended training camp with the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2006.[1]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Chick joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in December, 2006.[1] During his rookie season, he started 13 games and was the club's nominee for CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award, and also helped the team win the 2007 Grey Cup. In the Grey Cup final game, Chick recorded three tackles, one quarterback sack and forced one fumble.[1] After the 2009 CFL season, Chick was named the league's top defensive player.

Indianapolis Colts

Chick signed with the Indianapolis Colts (NFL).[1] He spent the entire 2010 NFL season on the team's practice roster.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chick joined the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL) for the 2011 NFL season. During his first season with the Jaguars, Chick played in 11 games with the team. He was on the Jaguars roster for the 2012 season, spending six games on the physically unable to perform list before being promoted to the active roster. He ended up playing eight games for the Jaguars in 2012.[1]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)

Chick re-signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) on June 2, 2013.[2] Chick proved he was still a pass rushing talent: In 2013, he made 36 tackles and 8 sacks, while in 2014, he led the CFL in sacks with 15, while adding 35 tackles. Chick, along with Ricky Foley, Tearrius George and Keith Shologan, led the league in sacks in 2013, en route to helping the Roughriders win the 101st Grey Cup. In February 2015, Chick and the Riders agreed to a contract extension that through the 2016 season.[3] However, he was released by the club on January 14, 2016.[4]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On January 24, 2016, it was reported that Chick had signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), reuniting him with his first CFL coach, Kent Austin.[5] In his first season in Hamilton, Chick played in all 18 regular season games, tied his single-season tackle record of 40, and amassed 14 quarterback sacks (one shy of his career high). He was named a CFL All-Star for the third time in his career. On May 15, 2017, the Ti-Cats announced a contract extension for Chick, keeping him in Hamilton through the 2018 season.[6]

Edmonton Eskimos

On August 20, 2017, the Tiger-Cats traded Chick to the Edmonton Eskimos. In the deal, the Eskimos also received a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft; the Tiger-Cats received a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.[7] After having played briefly with the Eskimos organization, he announced his retirement from professional football on March 30, 2018.[8][9]

Personal life

Chick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 14 years old. He wears an insulin pump at all times. He does charity work with several diabetes-related associations.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "John Chick". Saskatchewan Roughriders. Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  2. ^ Making it Official: Chick returns to Riderville
  3. ^ "Roughriders sign DL Chick to extension". TSN. The Canadian Press.
  4. ^ "Roughriders release John Chick, Weston Dressler". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  5. ^ "Sources: Chick set to sign with Ticats". TSN. The Canadian Press.
  6. ^ "Ticats ink all-star DE John Chick to contract extension through 2018". 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  7. ^ "Eskimos land John Chick in trade with Ti-Cats". 2017-08-20. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  8. ^ "CFL veteran John Chick retires as 'one of the best' | CBC Sports". CBC. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  9. ^ "DE John Chick announces retirement -". 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  10. ^ Graham, Jennifer (2013-08-26). "Saskatchewan Roughrider John Chick shows diabetes no obstacle to football career". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-12-02.