Konihowski enjoyed a brilliant career as a runner, hurdler and long
jumper at the University of Saskatchewan before shifting to football
where, in nine Canadian Football League seasons, he played on Grey
Cup-winning teams four times with the Edmonton Eskimos.
born in Moose Jaw where he played football and competed in track and
field, catching the eyes of scouts from Brigham Young University who
awarded him a scholarship based on his talent as a long jumper.
He was an
NCAA indoor finalist in the triple jump at Brigham Young in 1970,
while at the same time, returning to Canada for summer time where he
was twice Canadian junior triple jump champion and twice the national
the University of Saskatchewan track team in 1972 and one of his first
trips to the podium was as 300-metre champion in Western Canada
finals. He was also a regular at the Saskatchewan indoor meets at the
old downtown arena.
the Western Canada Interuniversity Games for two more years, winning
50 metre hurdles, long jump and 300 metres in 1973 and the 300 metres,
400 metre hurdles and long jump in 1974.
John was the Canadian 400 metre hurdle champion and won the Olympic
trials in 1972 but he missed the Canadian Olympic team because his
time was .3 seconds short of the standard.
His coach at the University of Saskatchewan was Lyle Sanderson, who
remembers that in 1974, John won 17 finals in seven of the meets in
which he competed.
inspiration was Diane Jones, whom he met through track and field and
whom he married in April 1977.
his speed and his catching ability onto the football field with the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies, where one of his best seasons was
1973 when he had 46 receptions for 793 yards.
He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in 1972, was released
and turned up with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1974 where he played seven
seasons. His best statistics were produced in 1975 when he had 828
yards and eight touchdowns from 45 receptions.
his first Grey Cup victory with the Eskimos in 1975 and, then his
victory with this 1978 team, was the first of three more in succession
that the Eskimos won.
traded to Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played two seasons, and like
he had done in Edmonton, was active in working with special needs
children. He closed out his CFL after the 1982 season, with 136
catches for 14 touchdowns and 2,232 yards.
commitment to community has always been strong and he's been a teacher
and coach with a number of organizations.
John has been honored by the Saskatoon
Kinsmen Club for athletic skills and inducted into the Saskatchewan
Sports Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the University of
Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.