CFL’s top of­fi­cial re­tires

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS

The man in charge of the CFL’s of­fi­ci­at­ing is leav­ing the job.

Glen John­son, the league’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of foot­ball, an­nounced on Thurs­day he is re­tir­ing af­ter al­most three decades.

“It just feels like the right time,” John­son said in state­ment. “Our game is in a great place, with scor­ing up, penal­ties down and a strong team of ded­i­cated of­fi­cials in place. And while I will al­ways be a huge CFL fan, I’d like to see what it’s like to spend sum­mer and fall week­ends fo­cused on fam­ily and friends in­stead of foot­ball alone.”

John­son worked for the CFL 28 sea­sons, in­clud­ing 24 as an on­field of­fi­cial. He worked 416 games, earn­ing 11 Grey Cup as­sign­ments. His fa­ther, Gord, spent 16 years as an on-field of­fi­cial, with four Grey Cup as­sign­ments.

And the John­sons re­main the only fa­ther-and-son duo to have both of­fi­ci­ated a Grey Cup game.

“Glen has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to our league, on and off the field,” said Randy Am­brosie, com­mis­sioner of the CFL. “He has been an ac­tive of­fi­cial, a ded­i­cated ad­min­is­tra­tor, a strong ad­vo­cate and, through his work with our coaches and rules com­mit­tee, an ar­chi­tect of our game.”

John­son joined the league of­fice fol­low­ing the 2013 CFL sea­son. Since then, he has been re­spon­si­ble for spear­head­ing in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing the use of video re­play to re­view judg­ment calls such as pass in­ter­fer­ence and the in­tro­duc­tion of the first of­fi­ci­at­ing ex­change pro­gram be­tween the CFL and the NFL.

John­son has agreed to con­tinue to con­sult on an as-needed ba­sis.

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