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Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Jon Cornish attended St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, where he participated in football, basketball and track & field. In football, Cornish rushed for 3200 yards and scored 49 touchdowns in his 3-year high school football career. Cornish is also credited with 152 career tackles and holds St. Thomas More Collegiate’s record with 37 quarterback sacks. In his senior year of high school, Cornish was named the British Columbia Football Player of the Year. Cornish would play college football at the University of Kansas. After redshirting as a freshman and seeing limited playing time as a sophomore, Cornish made noise in his junior season, leading Kansas with 780 total yards, 9 rushing touchdowns while averaging 65 rushing yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. As a senior, Cornish bumped his performance up another notch, rushing for 1457 yards, making him the University of Kansas’ all-time single season rushing leader. Cornish averaged 8 yards per carry and rushing for 8 touchdowns. Cornish would finish 1st in the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards and 9th in NCAA Division 1 Football. Undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, Cornish signed with the Calgary Stampeders, whom had previously selected him in the 2006 CFL Draft. Cornish was a member of the Stampeders 2008 Grey Cup winning team. In 2012, Cornish’s first full year as a starter for the Stampeders, he rushed 1457 rushing yard, breaking Normie Kwong’s 56 year old record for most rushing yards by a Canadian. At season’s end, Cornish won the 1st of his 3 consecutive CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award. The 2013 season marked a career year for Cornish, rushing for 1813 yards. He won the CFL’s Outstanding Canadian of the Week honor 7 times, with 4 of them being consecutive. He also set career highs with 12 rushing touchdowns and 42 receptions. At the end of the season, Cornish would become the third Canadian ever to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award and would also win the Lou Marsh Award as the top Canadian Athlete. Despite being limited by injuries in the 2014 season, Cornish still led the CFL with 1082 rushing yards, despite only playing in 9 of 18 of Calgary’s game. Cornish would also win his 2nd career Grey Cup as a member of the Stampeders.

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