Former University of Tennessee wide receiver Jeremaine Copeland is retiring after 11 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was named wide receivers coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
During his football career, the 34-year-old Copeland won championships at UT in 1998, an XFL championship with the Los Angeles Xtreme in 2001, and a Grey Cup championship with Calgary in 2008
The former quarterback from Harriman High School played at UT from 1996-98.
"It has been a great run and a lot of fun for me but I believe it's time to move on in my life," Copeland said in a statement.
"I would like to say thanks to all of my teammates that I played with and especially the two quarterbacks I played most of my career with — AC (Anthony Calvillo) and Hank (Henry Burris) — who helped make my career what it was. Last but not least, I want to thank my receiving corps, who are all great groups of guys that made it fun to play the game of football."
Copeland a two-time CFL all-star, started with the Montreal Alouettes in 2002 before joining Calgary in 2005 and Toronto in 2010. He is 15th all-time in the CFL with 10,037 receiving yards. He finishes with 622 receptions in 188 games.
"He's one of the smartest players I've ever been around,'' Toronto general manager Jim Barker, who brought Copeland from Calgary two years ago, told The Toronto Sun.
"He sees the receiver position from the eyes of a quarterback, which made him so invaluable."
In 2003, Copeland had career highs when he had 99 catches for 1,757 yards and 14 touchdowns for Montreal.
Copeland was an undrafted free agent out of UT and spent time in NFL training camps with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. He spent a season playing for the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe in 2000.