After nearly 30 years in the CFL, the man in charge of CFL officiating is hanging up his flag.
Glen Johnson, the league’s senior vice president of football, announced he is retiring after 28 years on the job in a variety of capacities.
“It just feels like the right time,” Johnson said in a 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.”
“Glen has made a huge contribution to our league, on and off the field,” said Randy Ambrosie, commissioner of the Canadian Football League. “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.