Jason Pottinger

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Jason Pottinger
No. 46
Jason Pottinger.jpg
Born: (1983-06-29) 29 June 1983 (age 35)
Whitby, Ontario
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) LB
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg)
University McMaster Marauders
CFL draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Drafted by BC Lions
Expansion draft 2013 / Round: 3
Drafted by Ottawa Redblacks
Career history
As player
20062008 BC Lions
20092013 Toronto Argonauts
2014 Ottawa Redblacks

Jason Pottinger (born June 29, 1983) is an entrepreneur who specializes in commercializing cutting-edge technologies. He is also a former professional Canadian football linebacker who played in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted second overall by the BC Lions in the 2006 CFL Draft. He played CIS football for the McMaster Marauders.

Early years

Pottinger went to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and played CIS football for the McMaster Marauders from 2002 to 2005. He was named a member of the Ontario University Athletics All-Star Team in each of his last three seasons and a member of the All-Canadian team twice. He was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the OUA in for both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.[1]

Jason played football with the Oshawa Hawkeyes from age 9 until he began playing for McMaster University. He continues to stay in touch with Durham Region youth football programs, and is a big supporter of youth football everywhere.

Professional career

Pottinger was drafted in the first round, second overall in the 2006 CFL Draft by the BC Lions. In his first season, the 2006 BC Lions season, he recorded no sacks, 6 tackles and 19 special teams tackles in all 18 games for the Lions and was part of the Lions 94th Grey Cup victory. In his three seasons with the Lions, Pottinger recorded 115 combined tackles and one sack over 54 games.[2]

On March 23, 2009, it was announced that Pottinger was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for a first round pick in the upcoming 2009 CFL Draft.[2]

The Toronto Argonauts re-signed Pottinger to a new 2-year deal on February 15, 2012 that will see him through to the 2013 season.[3] He won his second Grey Cup championship with the Argonauts after their 100th Grey Cup victory.

On December 16, 2013, Pottinger was drafted by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. He announced his retirement on May 29, 2015.[4]

Jason is currently CEO of Academic Technology Ventures, also known as "ATV" (www.academictechventures.com). Founded by Corey Park, ATV specializes in commercializing disruptive technologies developed at universities and government labs around the globe. ATV acquires license agreements for these revolutionary technologies to form high-potential technology companies. The industry sectors range from agricultural science to software solutions. ATV actively funds sponsored research projects at universities across North America. Additionally, ATV works with US based and overseas manufacturers to bring innovative retail products to the marketplace.

Personal life

In 2014, Pottinger completed his M.B.A. at the Schulich School of Business.[5] Pottinger resides in Toronto with his wife Elizabeth Morningstar.

References

  1. ^ "Jason Pottinger". Roster. Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. ^ a b "Lions trade Pottinger to Argos for first-round draft pick". Vancouver Sun. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2009-03-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ Scianitti, Matthew (February 15, 2012). "Argos re-sign linebacker Jason Pottinger". National Post. Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Veteran CFL linebacker Jason Pottinger announces his retirement". theglobeandmail.com. May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/business-education/jason-pottinger-ponders-post-football-career-via-panda-b-school-exercise/article11935237/

External links

  • Ottawa Redblacks bio
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