Jon Cornish retires from Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish is retiring.

“All good things must come to an end,” the 31-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., said as he made the announcement at McMahon Stadium.

The news does not come as a big surprise. Cornish suffered three head injuries in a span of just 16 months, including one in 2014 that sent him to the sidelines for six weeks.

He had hinted his playing days were over during interviews at the Grey Cup.

“You have literally made my dreams come true,” said Cornish as he thanked his supporters.

Plagued by concussions

Cornish said going forward he would like to be an ambassador for brain health.

“This isn’t me leaving football, it’s just me leaving the field,” he said.

Cornish leaves the CFL with many accomplishments under his belt. He was awarded the Lou Marsh award for Canada’s athlete of the year and was named CFL’s most outstanding player in 2013.

He also won Calgary’s athlete of the year award four times.


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