Stampeders star Jon Cornish named QMI Agency athlete of the year

Calgary Stampeders Jon Cornish holds his trophy after winning the Most Outstanding Player and Most...

Calgary Stampeders Jon Cornish holds his trophy after winning the Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Canadian Player award during the annual CFL player awards ahead of the 101st Grey Cup in Regina on Thursday. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

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Between 1979 and 2012, the winner of the CFL's most outstanding player award was an American.

It makes plenty of sense, too. Every CFL team has 24 starters on offence and defence, and only seven of them are required to be a Canadian, or a non-import. And, often, those Canadian starters are in the less-glamorous positions, such as on the offensive line or in the receiver slot on the far side of the field that gets two or three passes -- tops -- per game.

This year, however, was different. This year, the Canadian game was dominated by a Canadian for just the third time in league history. As a result, Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish has been voted QMI Agency's athlete of the year.


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