Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for December 3, 2015 - Jon Cornish Edition

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for December 3, 2015


    Cornish CFL career

    The colourful CFL career of Jon Cornish in photos

    Best of Jon Cornish

    Cornish at peace with retirement

    After nine seasons in the CFL, Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish officially announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon. Cornish says he had made his decision last year and knew going into the 2015 campaign this was going to be his last season. Listen to Cornish's entire retirement news conference here.

    Cornish: Football is my artistic expression
    Jon Cornish says football was his art and that's how he approached his nine year professional football career. Cornish retired from the CFL on Wednesday afternoon and joined The Big Show shortly thereafter. Cornish talked about his time in the league, his record setting 2013 campaign, and life after football.

    Cornish retirement announcement

    Running back Jon Cornish announces his retirement from football.

    One-on-one with Jon Cornish
    Alanna Nolan goes one-on-one with Jon Cornish after he announces his retirement.

    Cornish career highlights
    Some highlights from Jon Cornish's career.

    Cornish announces retirement
    After spending his entire nine-year career with the Stampeders, Jon Cornish officially announced his retirement on Wednesday. In 2013 Cornish was named the CFL's Most Outstanding player and was awarded the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's athlete of the year.

    Saying goodbye to a Canadian superstar
    Over three dominant seasons Jon Cornish was arguably the CFL's best player. Kelcey Brade looks back at his impressive career and explains why the league is losing a rare talent.

    Naylor on Cornish: Greatest Canadian RB in CFL history
    With Jon Cornish calling it a career, TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor looks back at his time in the league and where the Canadian running back ranks among the all-time greats.

    Player Blog

    Not every professional athlete has a chance to publically thank those who made their dreams come true.
    After nine years, it is time for me to retire from the sport.
    Nine years is a long time to play but I am thankful I have spent half of that time preparing for today.
    You never know what to expect on the football field and, with an assortment of injuries over time, I am very happy I spent the time to prepare.


    Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish on Wednesday announced his intention to retire from the Canadian Football League after an accomplished and record-breaking career with the Red and White.
    “I’m very comfortable with my decision,” said Cornish. “Over the years with this team, I feel we’ve been able to achieve everything that is possible to achieve both as a team and as an individual.”

    1 — Football player in the past 45 years who has won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete. That was Cornish in 2013
    1 — CFL Most Outstanding Player award (2013)
    1 — Player (Rob Cote) who served as the Stamps’ primary fullback during Cornish’s entire time in Calgary

    Calgary Stampeders legend Jon Cornish will be missed both on and off field
    A few different sets of hands were lucky enough to guide the football into Jon Cornish’s belly and watch him go to work.
    Bo Levi Mitchell’s mitts will be the last.
    As the Calgary Stampeders star tailback — can we use legend yet or is it too soon? — announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon at McMahon Stadium, the 25-year-old quarterback reminisced about the things he saw from his front-row seat to No. 9’s prime.

    Top 9 CFL career moments for No. 9 Jon Cornish
    Depending on the area code you call home, Jon Cornish will be remembered in many ways.
    In the 403, he’ll be remembered for running through, around and over defenders in his Calgary Stampeders silks with the white horse on the helmet and the No. 9 on his back.
    In the 604, he’ll likely be remembered as the one that got away from the hometown B.C. Lions.

    Calgary Stampeders star running back John Cornish retires
    The smile Jon Cornish wore said it all.
    He’s at peace with the decision to retire from professional football and move on from his identity as the star running back who resided in the Calgary Stampeders backfield since 2007.
    “Nine years for No. 9,” said Cornish, who ended weeks of speculation Wednesday afternoon, as the 31-year-old officially announced his retirement during a news conference at McMahon Stadium. “I think that’s fitting.
    “All good things come to an end.”

    One play stands out above all others for Cornish
    One play, out of thousands, stands out.
    “I’ll always remember this,” began Jon Cornish, rifling through his memory banks for the moments he relished most during his terrific nine-year career as a Calgary Stampeder. “2012, this was the Labour Day rematch, I think it was 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. We were up by a little bit but not too much. I had this one play. I get the ball and immediately cut. I see Dave (offensive co-ordinator Dickenson) just slam his playbook on the ground, Huff (head coach John Hufnagel) is like this (arms out) because I’m running sideways. I get closer to the sidelines, I have to make one guy miss and then I make nine guys miss simultaneously. After that happened, I ran downfield, got another 30 yards, came off the field and felt pretty good.
    “Fast-forward, I wanted to do that again,” he continued. “I wanted to score this time though. So last year, in the playoffs, I had a situation where I was given the ball with a little bit of space — you guys might remember that play, it was the 68 yards where I made nine guys miss again — but I scored that time. So it worked out a little bit better. That’s my favourite play.”

    Jon Cornish packed a lot into a short CFL career
    In essence, the Jon Cornish Era began taking shape on Sept. 25th, 2011, in – of all places – Moncton, N.B.
    That sun-splashed afternoon, in one of those ill-fated “annual” Touchdown Atlantic experiments, a torch was passed, a baton reluctantly exchanged, the keys to a kingdom handed over.
    Joffrey Reynolds, the Calgary Stampeders’ all-time leading rusher, was a healthy scratch. Cornish started at tailback.
    As eras go, he gave us a comparatively small sample size.
    But what a sample.

    Stamps' Cornish announces his retirement
    Jon Cornish knew this day was fast approaching, in fact since the end of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.
    “I made the decision last year,” related Cornish. “I made two decisions; if I had another concussion, that was it. If I finished the season, that was it.”
    It was the former which came to pass and so ends the career of the Calgary Stampeders’ dynamic running back, who in nine seasons cemented himself as one of the finest the Canadian Football League has seen.

    Jon Cornish announces his retirement
    Jon Cornish is calling an end to his illustrious Canadian Football League career.
    The 31-year-old announced Wednesday he’s retiring from football, ending a nine-year career in the CFL spent entirely with the Calgary Stampeders after the team drafted him in the second round of the 2006 CFL Draft.
    Cornish, a native of New Westminster, B.C. and a graduate of Kansas, finishes his career with 6,844 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns along with 1,666 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

    All signs point to a Cornish retirement!
    He has two Grey Cup championship rings, a most outstanding player award, three outstanding Canadian player awards, and he’s been a CFL all star three times!
    In his first full year as a starter, Jon Cornish led the CFL in rushing with 1457 rushing yards on the ground. Cornish also broke Normie Kwong’s 56-year-old single-season rushing record for Canadians.

    Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish decides to retire from CFL after two injury-plagued seasons
    Jon Cornish would like fans to remember him as an unselfish player.
    After nine CFL seasons, three rushing titles and two Grey Cup rings, Cornish announced his retirement on Wednesday.
    “Nine years for No. 9, I think that’s fitting, but all good things come to an end,” said Cornish. “I’ve been defined so many different ways as a running back, but I think the No. 1 way I would want to be remembered is as a guy that cared about the fans that he was playing for. I want to be a person that was understood to not be playing for me. I was playing for everybody else, for our team.”

    Jon Cornish retires from Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish announced his retirement Wednesday after nine CFL seasons, three rushing titles and two Grey Cup rings.
    The 31-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., was the CFL's leading rusher and top Canadian from 2012 to 2014. But he was limited to just nine games in each of the last two seasons due to injuries.
    "All good things must come to an end," Cornish said as he made the announcement at McMahon Stadium.

    CFL suffers a huge loss as Cornish retires from the Stampeders
    The news conference wasn’t surprising, but it’s sad nonetheless, even if there was more than a few nice moments of reflection.
    Sad because a Hall of Fame career was basically sent down the path of finishing too early due to a reckless, unnecessary hit.
    Jon Cornish officially walked away from playing football for the Calgary Stampeders on Wednesday, all while doing it in a classy way, thanking the entire organization and too many people to list here.

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