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Jonathan Hefney
No. 33     retired
Hefney while playing at Tennessee.
Date of birth: (1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 37)
Place of birth: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): Defensive Halfback
High school: Rock Hill
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2009, 2011
CFL East All-Star: 2009, 2011, 2012
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Jonathan Jerrod Hefney (born February 27, 1985 in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is a former Canadian Football Defensive Back. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Tennessee.

Hefney has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions.

High-School Career

Hefney played high school football at Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He led his school to an undefeated record in 2002. Following his senior season, Hefney played at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.[1]

College career

Hefney was a four-year starter at either cornerback or safety during his time at Tennessee, starting every game except for the 2004 season opener against UNLV. Hefney also garnered attention as a punt return specialist.[1]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hefney was expected to be selected early in the 2008 NFL Draft[citation needed] but instead he went undrafted, and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[2] On July 25, 2008, he was released from the Buccaneers. Hefney was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on September 9, 2008.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Failing to make an NFL team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL signed Hefney on May 28, 2009.[3] He recorded 66 tackles and four interceptions his rookie season, earning Eastern Division Rookie of the Year and All-Star honors. However Hefney left the next year to play in the NFL again.

Detroit Lions

His time in the NFL that year was short however as Hefney was signed by the Detroit Lions on January 4, 2010, and released on September 4, 2010.[4] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 6, and released on September 23.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (II)

He returned to the Blue Bombers four days after being released by the Detroit Lions.[5] The 2011 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season saw Hefney as part of the self-titled "Swaggerville" defence that was arguably tops in the league. That season, Hefney won his second nod as a CFL East Division all-star, and was then named to his second CFL All-Star team a short time later.[6][7] Hefney was named a CFL East Division all-star again in 2012. Just prior to the start of June 2013 training camp, Hefney was charged with marijuana possession in his home state of South Carolina. He was released by the Bombers on June 15, 2013. Hefney played three full seasons and parts of a fourth with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Calgary Stampeders

On June 18, 2013, 3 days after being released by Winnipeg, Hefney signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League[8] He was released by the Stampeders on May 21, 2014.[9]


Regular season   Tackles   Interceptions   Fumbles
Year Team Tackles Stt Sacks Int Yards Long TD Fumbles Yards Long TD
2009 WPG 66 5 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2010 WPG 25 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 WPG 76 3 1 6 0 13 0 2 18 11 0
2012 WPG 74 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 2 2 0
CFL totals 241 13 2 13 0 13 0 6 20 11 0


  1. 1.0 1.1 UT Sports Information (September 7, 2007). "Jonathan Hefney #33". Archived from the original on November 7, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  2. (September 7, 2007). "Jonathan Hefney, CB, Tennessee". NFL Draft Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  3. "BOMBERS GIVE PERRY CONTRACT EXTENSION, SIGN TWO IMPORTS". The Canadian Press ( May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  4. "Detroit Lions Sign Johnathan Hafney". MLive ( January 4, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  6. Adam Wazny (November 10, 2011). "Eight Bombers named to East Division All-Star Team". Winnipeg Free Press.
  7. Paul Wiecek (November 16, 2011). "Five Bombers chosen as CFL all-stars". Winnipeg Free Press.
  8. Signs with Stamps
  9. "Transactions - 2014". Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.

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