Stampeders star Jon Cornish wins Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was awarded the 2013 Lou Marsh Trophy on Monday....

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was awarded the 2013 Lou Marsh Trophy on Monday. (Reuters)

Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:11 AM ET

CALGARY - Jon Cornish was forced to make the media wait.

On a snowy December day, the Calgary Stampeders star running back, who less than three weeks ago had become the CFL’s first Canadian Most Outstanding Player in 35 years, had Monday afternoon obligations.

With a throng of cameras and notepad-toting football writers waiting inside a northwest Calgary TD Canada Trust branch, the clean-shaven 29-year-old, sporting dress pants and cardigan, shuffled behind the desk.

“Hi, can I help you?” Cornish said calmly, beckoning an unsuspecting bank customer to the teller’s booth.

Cornish had just been named the 2013 Lou Marsh Award winner.

He was Canada’s top athlete, outdistancing tennis star Milos Raonic, who became the first player — male or female — to crack the top 10 in the world, and Kaillie Humphries, a back-to-back bobsled world champion.

But Cornish didn’t seem fazed.

More than once, he apologized to his bank manager for the mid-afternoon fuss he had caused.


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