Former CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Jovon Johnson retires

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The first defensive back to ever be named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive player has officially called it a career.

Jovon Johnson signed a one-day contract to retire with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team he earned that honour with in 2011. That same season, Johnson was was named the Bombers’ Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

In all, Johnson played 12 seasons with Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Saskatchewan and was a two-time CFL All-Star (2009, 2011) and a four-time East Division all-star (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). He was also an East Division all-star in 2015 as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks.

Despite his other stops in the CFL, Winnipeg will always hold a special place in Johnson’s heart.

“Winnipeg will always be my second home,” said Johnson in a release.

“My professional career grew up there. I have so many memories to share, so many tears shed, so many friends who are now family, fans who are still actively a part of my life. As I close this chapter of my career I will always be forever grateful to the city of Winnipeg, the fans, my coaches that I had the pleasure to play for, management, support staff, everyone apart of the organization, thank you!”

Johnson is the Bombers’ all-time leader in punt return yards with 2,933.

The Erie, Pennsylvania native finishes his career with 564 defensive tackles, 10 special teams tackles, eight sacks, 35 interceptions, eight touchdowns and 10 forced fumbles.

Johnson is currently the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach with Defiance College in Ohio.