Canada's best: Cornish wins 2013 Lou Marsh Award | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League Staff

TORONTO -- Another day, another accolade for Jon Cornish.

Monday, it was announced that the Calgary Stampeders running back was named the 2013 recipient of the Lou Marsh Award, presented to Canada's best athlete of the year.

Cornish becomes just the third CFL player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, joining Russ Jackson of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1969 and Joe Krol of the Toronto Argonauts in 1946.

"Being named Canada's top athlete is a remarkable accomplishment and is a testament to what an amazing athlete he is," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.

"On behalf of our league and all of our fans, congratulations on this incredible honour. The company you have joined today is more than impressive, and you are more than deserving."

Cornish turned in one of the greatest seasons in CFL history in 2013 as he helped lead the Stampeders to a league-best 14-4 record.  He was voted both the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Canadian and won his second consecutive rushing title as he ran for 1,813 yards, the fourth-highest total in CFL history.

Cornish also led the league and set a new franchise record with 2,157 yards from scrimmage. He led all running backs with an average of 7.0 yards per carry and was tops in the CFL this season with 14 touchdowns.

His spectacular season featured nine 100-yard games — including five in a row to tie a franchise record — and a career-best 208-yard effort on Oct. 5 against Winnipeg.

This season, Cornish became the first Canadian to win the MOP award since Tony Gabriel in 1978. Jackson, who earned the honour in 1963, 1966 and 1969, is the only other Canadian to be named the league’s top player.

Fan Comments
So, the Lou Marsh has been awarded 75 times since 1936 (it wasn't awarded for 3 years in the early '40's), and only 2 CFL players have EVER been a recipient before Cornish, yet all some of you can comment on is how he basically is no good because he wasn't a starter when he got his Grey Cup ring? Think about what he just did. We have an amazing league that insists that that Canadians not only play, but a certain percentage must start all the games. After tailoring our game to our amazing home grown talent, still only 3 players in 3/4 of a century have been able to capture the Lou March award. To me, this in an incredible accomplishment. Anyone who doesn't see and appreciate what Cornish does for not only Canadian players in the league, but also for all of those young men that are hoping and dreaming of playing in the CFL one day, is not a true fan of the CFL, but merely a closed minded fan.
December 11, 2013 - 11:46pm
Tell me who won the grey cup and the award for best player of that game genre. Enough said.
December 10, 2013 - 7:30am
This article is about a great "individual" Canadian athlete winning the Lou Marsh award. It is based on his accomplishments of the last year. It has nothing to do with what team won the grey cup, or what American player won the MVP of the game.
December 10, 2013 - 10:08am
Thank you very kindly!!!
December 10, 2013 - 3:35pm
als rule
@V: right on!!
December 10, 2013 - 4:26pm
als rule
okay lets get serious here!! 1st congrats jon!! 2nd now I know what the marsh award is BUT now my 2nd attempt at getting this posted WHO IS/WAS LOU MARSH?!! I'm serious!! asked the same question last year and never received an answer!! so please tell me who he is or was?!! thanx.
December 09, 2013 - 9:54pm
I looked him up online and he was the "Superman" of Canada. Quite an impressive background.
December 10, 2013 - 6:50am
als rule
@H123: what a foolish comment!!
December 10, 2013 - 11:21pm
well good for Cornish on his award. I can't help but think that Cornish never won a grey cup as a starting running back. It shows you that when the big game is on the line he chokes and has a bad game. Like it or not his legacy will be measured in champianships and I hope Calgary fans remember that when the Riders beat them again next year.
December 09, 2013 - 2:15pm
Another on of Cornish's adoring fans.
December 09, 2013 - 5:14pm
genre slur
"Champianships" tells me all I need to know about the veracity of Saskman's opinion.
December 09, 2013 - 10:23pm
This seems like unnecessary gloating, Saskman100. I don't like the Stamps (nor do I like Cornish's attitude), but you can't diminish the man's remarkable accomplishments. He is a very good thing for the CFL.

Also, keep in mind that Durant was labelled a regular "choker" until one month ago -- Cornish certainly has plenty of time to win a Cup.
December 10, 2013 - 1:38pm