So here is what I leaned about Cornish that has nothing to do with his ability to make defensive players question why they decided to play football for a living.
1) The dude is charitable
To start the 2013 season Cornish tweeted:
So it’s decided, for this game I will be donating $10 a yard to the Red Cross. Let’s hope BC’s defense doesn’t have a problem with that!
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) June 27, 2013
2) The dude has a sense of humour.
Here he is raising awareness for another charity he is a part of:
I don’t tackle much but when I do, I Tackle Hunger. Bring food or cash to tomorrow’s game and help Calgary’s Food Bank and @PurolatorTH!
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) August 8, 2013
Nice little joke parodying that creepy dude from those Dos Equis ads. I liked this tweet. He got the message out without coming across as high and mighty and did it in a funny way.
I also loved this tweet from October 6th:
Logs on Twitter. Learn I have a sprained ACL… OMG I wonder if I’ll be okay!?!?! Goto @calstampeders, see tweet saying I’ll be okay. Whew!
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) October 7, 2014
3) The dude is political:
Let me give you an example of some of his tweets from the past 18 months:
Who is excited to be searched in Canada by American Police? Police granted immunity to our Law, will be enforcing American laws in Canada.
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) August 5, 2013
How is it possible that Russia can go from hosting the Olympics to invading a neighboring country in just a few days?
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) March 1, 2014
A friend expressed an opinion that racism and intolerance of homosexuals are somehow different. It’s not different; It’s all prejudice.
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) May 16, 2014
Mayor Nenshi was there for us in a huge way during the flood and over the past few years. Now it’s our time to show our thanks, vote @Nenshi
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) October 21, 2013
4) The dude proved you can speak out during periods of labour unrest in an intelligent and measured way.
“League Stability” “Threatened Future of the CFL” “Stagnant” “Not Realistic.” These are the terms you use to sway public opinion. #Rhetoric
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) May 22, 2014
5) The dude is a nerd.
Winning is more important than who is best or the MOP. Never forget, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one.
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) October 18, 2013
6) The dude is a nice guy
Congratulations to the Roughriders on a Grey Cup berth. They’re a great team. Good luck in the GC.
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) November 18, 2013
I remembered after the Roughriders beat the Stampeders in the playoffs last year, some people questioned his competitive fire. Not sure how you can question someone’s desire to win when they perform at such a high level, but hey dumb people will make dumb assertions, that’s what makes them dumb. I attribute this tweet to Cornish’s level of professional respect he has for his fellow football players.
Took a bit of time to name every Stampeder offensive linemen but I wouldn’t be MOP+MOC without my favorite big men. Thank you, everyone!
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) November 22, 2013
This may be a political tweet as it would be career suicide for a running back to not constantly thank his offensive lineman, but his sentiment feels genuine.
Now here is a perfect example of how good a person Cornish is. I found a fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders praising him!
The more I hear @jonnycornish speak, the less I hate him . . . am I being tricked?
— Ryan M. (@saskryan) October 23, 2013
7) The dude understand his place in Canadian sports history.
Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Christine Sinclair, Steve Nash. Amazing Canadians have won this award. I’m still speechless…
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) December 9, 2013
That was his tweet after winning the Lou Marsh award. I always like when an athlete has a good sense of the past. Nothing worse than when hearing a CFL running back has no idea who Mike Pringle or George Reed is.
8) The dude has both a great and a lousy taste in movies.
First the lousy taste:
I’m all good. Just a little disappointed I can’t go see Transformers in IMAX3D tomorrow but I might not be missing out on too much lol.
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) June 29, 2014
I don’t care that he joked about Transformers at the end of the tweet. I’d rather have a colonoscopy from a drunken Edward Scissorhands than watch Transformers 3D.
But on the flip side Cornish totally redeemed himself with this one:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – F. Bueller
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) July 16, 2014
As someone who remembers seeing ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in the movie theatre in Bracebridge, ON, I am a sucker for any athlete quoting this perfect film. You could apply this quote to linebackers facing the Stampeders. “Cornish moves pretty fast. If you don’t square up your shoulders and hit him low, you could miss him as he strolls into the end zone.”
The man has his own cereal (Cornish Flakes, yes the name is unoriginal but part of the proceeds goes to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and I’m guessing it’s healthier than Count Chocula), he is the leagues leading rusher in just eight games and is the best player on the best team in the CFL.
Now we just need to get this man some more follows.