Canadian receiver Shawn Gore retires from professional football

B.C. Lions receiver Shawn Gore keeps the ball from Ottawa Redblacks Abdul Kanneh during a 2016 game in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

SURREY, B.C. – Canadian receiver Shawn Gore has retired from football, the B.C. Lions announced Thursday.

In seven CFL seasons with the Lions, the 30-year-old had 307 catches for 3,911 yards and 20 touchdowns in 113 games.

The press release announcing Gore’s retirement stated he was looking to "pursue a new path."

The Toronto native suffered a concussion in Week 15 last season and was missed one game before returning to the lineup.

Gore played the next two weeks, but was hurt again and sat out the regular-season finale and the West Division semifinal before suiting up for the Lions’ blowout loss to the Calgary Stampeders in the West final.

"(Gore) is an outstanding husband and father," Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono said in a statement. "We are very grateful for his many contributions to our organization both on and off the field."