In Taylor Field’s old press box, the working media used to sit beside the CFL’s officiating supervisors.
Gord Johnson was one, who became especially proud when he was supervising games officiated by his son, Glen.
Glen and Gord are the only father-son duo to work Grey Cup games. Gord worked on-field for 15 years until 1985. Glen officiated for 24 seasons before moving into administration for the past four years, overseeing officials and becoming the league’s vice-president of football until announcing his retirement yesterday.
The CFL has changed through two generations of Johnsons, particularly since Glen moved into the league office. Staunchly defending video review, he spearheaded allowing replay officials to assess or negate judgement calls such as pass interference.
The system has sometimes been praised, often been criticized and regularly been adjusted. But Johnson has unfailingly been available to explain what’s going on. That’s the nature of a very good official.