Argonauts' special teams ace Jeff Johnson retires

Toronto FB Jeff Johnson talks with Toronto Sun Argos' writer Mike Ganter about the role of senior...

Toronto FB Jeff Johnson talks with Toronto Sun Argos' writer Mike Ganter about the role of senior players on the team after the practice.(Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

Mike Koreen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

The first day of the rest of Jeff Johnson’s life won’t soon be forgotten.

“I’m overwhelmed,” the Argonauts special teams ace said after announcing his retirement from the CFL following a 14-year career on Friday.

“Just incredible feedback, praise and support, it’s just madness. It’s been a very emotional week and day. The phone started ringing (after the announcement), it feels like 1,000 times.”

It was a well-deserved send-off for the local kid made good, a guy who got into football by “pure fluke,” and then did just about everything in 12 years with his hometown team.

Physically, Johnson, 36, felt he could keep going after 198 regular-season games in Double Blue — fifth most in franchise history. Mentally, though, it was a different story — which is why Johnson told the Argos he didn’t want to pursue another contract.


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