Hero worship is dangerous ground. Think of how many heroes at some point have let those who look up to them down.

Ben Cahoon is not one of those people.

I’ve known Ben for several years, ever since I started as a communications intern with the Alouettes in 2004. Before starting with the Als, I was a season-ticket holder who proudly donned a number 86 jersey in the stands every game.

As part of the Als, I’ve had the chance to meet some great people: Jim Popp, Don Matthews, Anthony Calvillo & Marc Trestman, to name but a few. But the one who has had the most impact on me is far and away Ben Cahoon.

Cahoon is worshipped as a player and respected as a person because of the way he carries himself both on and off the field. Between the lines, there is simply no greater competitor – outside the lines, there are few that match his level of class.

In a world that is constantly moving and rarely slows down to take a breath, Ben is one of those rare people who actually listens when he asks how a person is. He is simply a gentleman.

So, from the bottom of my heart – congratulations to Ben on setting the CFL’s all-time receptions mark with his 1,007th catch yesterday in a 46-19 win over the Calgary Stampeders. If you know Ben at all you know that he’s humbled by the record and way more interested in the fact that his team won.

Hero worship is dangerous ground, indeed, but if you want to look up to someone, you can’t go wrong with Ben Cahoooooooooon.

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