Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Football Club has announced the signing of former Defensive Lineman Jason Vega to a one day contract so he could retire as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.
Vega originally joined the Blue Bombers in 2011 and played in 38 games over the course of 3 seasons with Winnipeg. The 29 year old native of Brockton, Massachusetts started 28 games at Defensive End and totaled 82 defensive tackles along with 17 Quarterback sacks. The 6-4, 255 pound Northeastern University Grad also had a fumble recovery and two receptions for 23 yards. One of them producing the winning touchdown in the 2011 CFL East Final.
“Winnipeg is where it all started and it’s come full circle for me at this point,” said Vega in a club news release. “I came to Winnipeg with a dream to play football and soon realized it was about much more than that. A wife, a son, and a family of blue/gold fans that embraced me like one of their own. In the end, Winnipeg is home and there’s no better place to call home. The Blue Bombers organization was great to me, and retiring as a member of the franchise is something I will always cherish.”
Vega also suited up for Toronto and Edmonton during his five-years in the Canadian Football League and started 32 of 49 games played. His career numbers included 104 defensive tackles, 20 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.
“Jason was a consummate professional from the very beginning, ” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “He knew what it took to play at this level and had the work ethic to stay at this level, those qualities sometimes don’t always go hand in hand. We thank him for his contributions both on and off the field during his career in Winnipeg.”
“Jason carried himself like a true professional and was a great ambassador of our organization,” said President & CEO Wade Miller. “We are honoured that he wanted to retire as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and we wish him and his family the very best in life after football.”