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05/20/2011

Argonaut sails into retirement

Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer

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Argo defensive tackle Adriano Belli, in a sailor's suit, stands at on the bow of Kajama, and blows a kiss. 

Toronto Argo defensive tackle Adriano Belli recently retired from the CFL aboard the Tall Ship Kajama, a fitting end for a "boatman."

Belli, a Toronto native, played in the NFL, XFL and CFL over an 11 year career. Belli is one of those guys with a dual personality. Known on the field as nasty, and annoying, he is widely known off-the-field as kind and funny. Belli also was nicknamed "the kissing bandit" for his propensity to kiss people on the cheek.

For his retirement party, Belli donned a sailor's suit and held a party on the ship during a three hour cruise. Family, friends, teammates, former coaches, cheerleaders, were all on hand to wish Belli good fortune in the future.

The retirement speech was full of humor and gratitude. Belli, ever the centre of attention, played his role well and was one of those players we (photographers) will miss. He was a character both on, and off, the field. He wasn't afraid to be himself and he certainly liked the attention.

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Belli, in a sailor's suit, kisses Argo cheerleader Anna (right) as Krissi (right) looks on as he makes his way to the bow of the ship to announce his retirement from the Toronto Argonauts.

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Belli gives Mayor Rob Ford a hug and kiss just before announcing his retirement from the Toronto Argonauts. 

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Belli stands with a painting presented to him which was painted by a fan.

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Belli speaks with the media after announcing his retirement from the Toronto Argonauts.

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Sailing is the best part of human life according to my opinion. After retirement sailing a the good idea for enjoy your life. Your all photographs are really very beautiful. Keep enjoying :)

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