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March 3, 2020

Jovon Johnson signs one-day contract to retire a member of the Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Jovon Johnson (2) pumps up the crowd near the end of the second half of the East Final CFL football action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' in Winnipeg, Sunday, November 20, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

WINNIPEG, MB., March 2, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce defensive back Jovon Johnson has signed a one-day contract with the club to officially retire as a Blue Bomber.

Johnson, 36, spent 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League including six seasons in blue and gold from 2008-13. During his time in Winnipeg, Johnson was twice named a CFL All-Star (2009, 2011) and was three times an East Division All-Star ((2009, 2010, 2011). He was also an East All-Star in 2012 and 2015 as a member of the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

“Winnipeg will always be my second home,” said Johnson. “My professional career grew up there. I have so many memories to share, so many tears shed, so many friends who are now family, fans who are still actively a part of my life. As I close this chapter of my career I will always be forever grateful to the city of Winnipeg, the fans, my coaches that I had the pleasure to play for, management, support staff, everyone apart of the organization, thank you!”

Johnson’s 2011 campaign with the Bombers was sensational as he was named a CFL All-Star and honoured as the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player, becoming the first defensive back in league history to win the award. That year, he was named the Bombers’ Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

During his six seasons with the Bombers, Johnson had 363 tackles, 23 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and seven defensive touchdowns. Johnson ranks second on the Bombers’ all-time interception return yardage list with 500 and his six interception return touchdowns are a club record.

A gifted kick returner, Johnson is the Bombers’ all-time leader in punt return yards with 2,933.

Johnson spent the 2014-15 season with Ottawa, the 2016-17 seasons in Montreal, finished his playing days with Saskatchewan in 2018 and is now the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach with Defiance College in Ohio.