CFL defensive end Jonathan Newsome retires from professional football

Jonathan Newsome has announced his retirement from the CFL following a four-year career that spanned three different teams. He broke the news on his Instagram account.

Its been real, it been fun… Its Been Real Fun…

Thank God For The Opportunity of a Lifetime.

To All My Brothers and Teammates and Coaches Over the Years, Thank You. I Love Y’all.

Shout out to my team @covietheagent @ostrongfitness and @believesportsgroup Thank You! I Love Yall!

To my family and friends thank you for holding me down and supporting me through all these years. Yall love me regardless if I played or not and I needed that in order to keep going. I appreciate that.

To my young ones coming up in the game, understand the game dont owe you anything, you gotta work and sacrifice for it all. Most importantly you gotta love this sh*t. I respect the game enough to walk away now that the live isn’t what it use to be. I had a dream and I got it done! You can too!

Just Go Hard and Believe in Yourself!!!

Newsome played two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2014-15) during which he recorded 47 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two knockdowns in 30 games. He was released in February 2016 after being arrested for possession of marijuana.

The 30-year-old signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May 2016 and recorded 33 total tackles and two sacks as a rookie. He spent the following three seasons with Saskatchewan, Ottawa, and B.C., making 42 total tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

Newsome re-signed with the Lions for the 2020 season but became a free agent in February 2021. He was a free agent when he announced his retirement.

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