Former CFL player to make comeback at age 57

Photo courtesy: Jason Bowie

A 56-year-old retired CFL player has decided to make a comeback.

Photo courtesy: Jason Bowie

Darin Burns plans to play for the Moncton Mustangs of the Maritime Football League this upcoming season. He will turn 57 on May 19, 2021.

Burns spent four seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, and Ottawa Rough Riders from 1985 to 1988. He then played two seasons with the Ottawa Bootleggers, an amateur squad that played four-down football against American teams.

Having fallen out of shape, Burns decided to hit the gym in January 2020. He’s since lost 25 pounds and dropped twelve inches from his waist, exercising seven days per week.

“It’s been the hardest thing I’ve done physically in my life,” Burns told Sean Hatchard of the Telegraph Journal. “I’m taking it slow. Every day increasing, increasing, increasing. I’m staying within my limits and don’t go beyond that. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Every month I have targets that I try to hit, so when the season comes, I’m ready to roll.”

Burns came up through the Canadian Junior Football League as a member of the Burlington Braves. He most recently played for the Moncton Mustangs in 2010 at the age of 46.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Burns said. “I’m determined to turn back father time.”

Taylor Burns, one of Darin’s five children, plays along the offensive line at McMaster University following a transfer from Tennessee Technological University. Taylor plans to play the opening game of the season with the Mustangs so he and his father can compete on the same field.