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Jon Cornish retires from the CFL

Following two seasons extremely shortened by injury, Calgary Stampeders star running back Jon Cornish won’t be back on a CFL field.

The numbers speak for themselves: Jon Cornish is the greatest Canadian running back to ever play the game: His 6.7 yards per carry average is almost inhuman! Though Cornish didn’t have an extremely long career, he made a huge impact after stealing the job from Joffrey Reynolds in 2011.

Cornish was a CFL All-Star between 2012 and 2014 and not coincidentally was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian all three years. In 2013, he was named the league’s Most Outstanding Player in a year when he rushed for over 1,800 yards. His two Grey Cups in 2008 and 2014 don’t hurt his legacy, either.

The Calgary Stampeders are shaping up to be an entirely different team next year. Dave Dickinson will be the man on the sidelines, they’ll be looking for a new defensive coordinator, and re-signing Jerome Messam just became a much bigger priority if they intend to stick with a Canadian at the running back position.

– written by Travis Currah