MLF President, CEO Boyd Duckett Issues Statement on Kevin VanDam Retirement Announcement

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 Feb 13th, 2023 by sworrall 

Modified Feb 13th, 2023 at 1:46 PM

MLF President Boyd Duckett Issues Statement on Kevin VanDam Retirement Announcement
BENTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2023) – Major League Fishing President and CEO Boyd Duckett issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of Kevin VanDam’s retirement following the 2023 Bass Pro Tour season:
“Today is both a sad day and a time for celebration in our sport. Kevin VanDam, the greatest professional angler of all time, announced that he is retiring at the end of the season. Kevin has been an integral part of Major League Fishing from our very beginning and has been a pioneer in helping develop this league. There has never been a more unselfish angler when it comes to helping grow the sport of bass fishing, for the anglers or the fans.

On a personal note, having known Kevin through my entire pro career, he is not only the best angler of all time but also one of the best human beings that I know. He is the most liked and caring individual that I have ever met, and Kevin is always willing to share his time and resources with all anglers at every level. There are thousands of stories of him loaning a bait to another angler or competitor, or talking fishing and taking pictures with fans in the parking lot after a full day of competition. It truly speaks volumes about him as a human being.

On behalf of the entire MLF organization, we wish Kevin and his family all the best. I look forward to watching him compete on the water for the 2023 season, and we take comfort in knowing he is not leaving the sport, but helping to further it through his work off the water. Thank you, Kevin.”

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