The news of a potential partnership between the CFL and XFL has drawn a strong reaction from Canadian football fans, players, and members of the media.
A vocal critic of the development is veteran fullback John Rush who spoke out on his Twitter account regarding the news.
I find it interesting that no one is talking about why the CFL who is on the verge of bankruptcy is trying to merge with a twice failed league and what is so exciting about that.
The CFL Players’ Association only found out about the discussions this week, though they issued a statement saying, “Fundamentally, football’s growth is something we support.” Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ President and CEO Wade Miller denied that a potential partnership with the XFL is due to the CFL’s financial struggles.
The only reason I’m upset about any of this CFL stuff is because I know how passionate the fans are and how terribly run the CFL has been for so long.
When we won the Grey Cup I toured across the province meeting thousands of people that told me all these stories about how much the CFL meant to them and how they’ve been fans forever.
I’d be told stories about how they’d always watch the games with their parents and how they wished so much they could be there with them to experience it.
CFL fans deserve better than this. CFL players deserve better than this.
Rush is also willing to be part of the solution, putting his post-secondary education to good work. A linebacker at the time, the six-foot-one, 227-pounder won the Presidents’ Trophy with the Guelph Gryphons in 2015 as the top defensive player in U Sports.
For the record I have hundreds of ideas of how to grow football in Canada that would work (I have a marketing degree after all) but I don’t work for free sweetie and you get what you pay for.
Rush has a sizeable following on social media with almost 13,000 followers on Twitter and almost 20,000 followers on Instagram. He is a vegan and a dog lover.
The 27-year-old raised $3,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society in 2018, a cause that is near and dear to his heart.
Now a free agent, Rush spent four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2016-19), recording 14 total tackles in 49 games.