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Athlete Modern

Comiskey, Dan


SPORT | Football



(1972 – )

Dan was born in Windsor in 1972 and after spending some time in Regina, Sakatchewan, he came to Chatham and attended Chatham Collegiate for the last 3 years of high school. Dan went on to star on the football field at the University of Windsor and then for 13 seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played in the CFL as a 6’5”, 300 lb. lineman.

Career Highlights

High School – 1987 – 1991

Started his football career in grade 10 in 1987 at Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School in Regina – team won the provincial championship and he was an all-star

Returned to Chatham and attended CCI for his last three years of high school where he was a Kent defensive all-star all three years

University – 1992 – 1996

Played on the offensive line at the University of Windsor where he was an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-star in 1994, 1995 and 1996 – was First Team All-Canadian in 1995 and 1996

1995 – was nominated for Athlete of the Year for the University of Windsor

2008 – at the university’s 40th anniversary of football, was named to the All-Time Lancer Football Team.

Professional – 1997 – 2010

Played for 13 years in Canadian Football League (CFL), with Saskatchewan (1997-2001), with Edmonton (2002 to 2008) except for a 13 game stint with Hamilton in 2005, and with Calgary (2010)

Played in a total of 4 Grey Cup (CFL Championship) games, 3 with Edmonton, helping them win the championship in 2003 and 2005 but losing to Montreal in 2002

1997 – was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders who lost the Cup to Toronto

2008 – played beside his younger brother, John, on the offensive line in Edmonton where they lost to Montreal in the Eastern Conference finals

2010 – after a year of retirement, returned to play one last year for the Calgary Stampeders

retirement, returned to play one last year for the Calgary Stampeders

Awards & Recognitions

1995 and 1996 – was named First Team All-Canadian for 2 consecutive years while at university

1995 – was nominated for Athlete of the Year for the University of Windsor

2003 and 2006 – was named CFL West All-Star both years (media elected)

2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 – was CFL Players Association All-Star (player elected)

2003 and 2004 – was Edmonton Eskimos’ nomination for CFL’s Tom Pate Award for sportsmanship, service to his team, and service to his community

2006 – was named Edmonton Eskimos’ Most Outstanding Canadian Player

2008 – was named to the University of Windsor’s All-Time Lancer Football Team

Community Service

Dan has been the Honourable Chairperson for the Canadian Cancer Society (Edmonton Branch), and the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Edmonton Branch). He has spearheaded numerous Charity Drives for these organizations as well as the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Currently (2017), Dan is a much sought-after professional speaker offering keynotes on leadership accountability and team coaching to organizations throughout Canada. He has co-authored a number of books including, “The Truth about Success” and “Enduring Principles of Leadership”. He is currently working on his newest book, “The Alignment Paradigm”. He works with World Financial Group having offices in Halifax and Calgary, but spends most of his time in Halifax with his three children Jane, Lauren and Dan Jr.

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