April 17, 1968 |
|CFL All-Star||1991, 1992|
|Honors||CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award 1991|
Las Vegas Posse
Volpe had a difficult childhood. His father left when he was 5 years old, his mother was an alcoholic and lived on the street, and his brother went to jail several times. Jon Volpe, being only 5 feet 7 inches tall, received a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he was an all-conference running back (leading in rushing yards), earning GTE Academic All-American honors and being named a Rhodes Scholar nominee (while getting a BSc in engineering.)
He was not drafted by the NFL. However, he had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers before he headed to Canada to play for the B.C. Lions. He had a successful rookie season in 1991, rushing behind Doug Flutie (who would throw for a record 6,619 yards) Volpe added 1,395 rushing yards and led the league with 16 rushing touchdowns and 20 total touchdowns. Volpe was named an All-Star and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award. In 1992 he added 941 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was again named an All-Star. A contract dispute meant a late start to the 1993 season and he had a generally unsuccessful season. He left the Lions after 3 years and 36 games.
Volpe moved to the expansion Las Vegas Posse in 1994, but again struggled, rushing only 43 times for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995, but a preseason shoulder injury ended his career.
Currently, Volpe is chairman and CEO of Nova Home Loans. He is married to Heather and has a daughter, Kaylie, and son, Trevor.
- Jon Volpe in the Tucson Weekly, Feb. 5, 2004
- B.C. Lions Media Guide
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