Calgary Stampeders' running back Jon Cornish's selection as the winner of the Lou Marsh Award Monday took plenty by surprise, including the man himself. Most athletes are available for comment shortly after they hear they've won, but Cornish, like many other CFL players, works a second job. His happens to be as a banking rep at a Calgary branch of the Toronto Dominion Bank. So, as with most award winners, Cornish is going to be available for a conference call with the media. The only difference, and something that makes this a superb only-in-the-CFL story? He's going to do that on his break at the bank:
— TD (Canada) (@TD_Canada) December 9, 2013
Jon Cornish will do interviews during his break from his bank job in Calgary. If that doesn't make you love the CFL, I don't know what will — Ian Busby (@buzrbe) December 9, 2013
Jon Cornish still works at the bank? The new #cfl CBA can't come soon enough
— Section O (@Section_O) December 9, 2013
It's a well-deserved accolade for Cornish, and it certainly should lead to plenty of extra publicity for him. Hopefully it won't make his day too hectic. Given what Cornish said about the chances of winning the Lou Marsh at the CFL awards this year, though, here's guessing he won't mind:
Cornish was asked about the possibility of being considered for the Lou Marsh Award, which goes to Canada’s top athlete of the year. Only one other football player has won it, and Cornish is aware of the significance it would have.
“I don’t think Canadians get enough love for playing football. To be recognized for the sport I love, that would be amazing,” Cornish said.
It is pretty amazing, as Cornish is the first CFL player to win the Lou Marsh since 1969. No wonder he didn't take the day off in anticipation. Calgarians who bank with TD are lucky, though; where else can you get banking advice from Canada's top athlete?