One of the original 5 “Founding Fathers” of Swaggerville is coming back to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers so that he can retire in Blue and Gold. Defensive Back Jonathan Hefney was signed by the Winnipeg Football Club to a one day contract on Tuesday Morning and the 31 year old made his retirement official.
Jonathan Hefney Photo From Winnipeg Blue Bombers
“I’m very thankful to retire with the organization that first game me my start in the CFL,” Hefney said. “Some of the greatest years for me happened with my teammates in Winnipeg, and those amazing fans. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, both in Winnipeg and everywhere else my football career took me. The Bomber organization will always be a big piece of me, and I’ll always be a Bomber.”
The former Tennessee Vol spent time in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia before joining the Blue Bombers in 2009. The highly personable, and talkative native of Rockland. South Carolina earned CFL All Star and Team Rookie of the Year honors with 66 tackles and 4 interceptions. Hefney left the Blue Bombers to pursue his NFL dream with Detroit, but was unable to stick with the Lions and just four days after being released on September 23rd he returned to Winnipeg.
Hefney was one of eight Blue Bombers named an East Division All Star in 2011 when the team appeared in their last Grey Cup, and CFL Post Season. He played his final season for Winnipeg in 2012 and for the third time was named a Division All Star.
Hefney’s time in Winnipeg came to an end when he was charged with possession of marijuana in his home state of South Carolina just before the start of the team’s 2013 training camp and was released. The Calgary Stampeders signed him less than a week later before releasing him in May of 2014. Hefney also suited up for the Montreal Alouettes last season.
In his 4 seasons with Winnipeg, Hefney played 60 games and had 241 tackles and another 13 on special teams to go along with 13 interceptions, 2 Quarterback sacks and 6 fumble recoveries. He was a League All Star twice in 2009 and 2011 and a three time East Division All Star in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
Hefney started 71 of the 84 CFL games he played and finished with career stats of 311 defensive tackles, 24 special teams tackles, 17 interceptions, and seven fumble recoveries.
“Jonathan Hefney played football with an extreme amount of passion and enthusiasm,” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “He was one of those players who was willing to do whatever it was going to take to win a football game and was an emotional leader not only in the locker room, but on the field. He loved the game and those types of players are the ones who make it great. We thank him for his contributions both on and off the field to our organization.”