In the NBA we have Nash... In the MLB we have Walker and Jenkins and Monroe and now even more guys ( I stopped following the sport 6 years ago) Even in soccer we had Owen Hargreaves... But in the NFL we have this pathetic list. http://canada.nfl.com/2012/10/24/top-ca ... l-history/
This is just a list of drafted Canadians and already there is some inaccuracy. Akiem Hicks is a born and raised American. He was supposed to go to LSU but because of a recruiting violation he wasn't allowed to play or transfer so he left school. He actually had an offer from the Argos but decided on going back to school and played with the Regina Rams. So therefore, he's not a Canadian drafted into the NFL.
There's no date on the article, but since it contains recent names like Crawford and Hicks, it can't be more than a couple of years old. But since then you can add to the list Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (KC 6th rd), TJ Jones (DET 6th rd 2014), Brent Urban (BAL4th rd), and Luke Wilson (SEA 5th rd)
The list also omits undrafted Canadians in the NFL. That list includes most recently Henoc Muamba (INDY), Stefan Charles (BUF), David Foucault (CAR), Andy Mulumba (GB), Autin Paztor (JAX), and some old timers like Shaun Suisham and Mike Vanderjagt.
And from this off season you can add - Matt O'Donnel to CIN and it looks like Ben Heenan is about to sign in the NFL as well (sounds like its with BAL).
Add to the fact there are more Canadians getting a look for the upcoming NFL draft like Tyler Varga and Christian Covington. The entire list isn't so pathetic and growing every year.
I personally have been closely following the career of the great Canadian baseball player Monroe for quite some time now
Mark Rypien. Born in Calgary. Superbowl MVP.
Who cares about 4 down football.
Meanwhile, at the International Bowl...[url=http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Sports/Football/2015-02-03/article-4029523/Buettner-and-Hall-help-Canada-win-second-straight-International-Bowl/1]http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Sports/Footbal ... nal-Bowl/1[/url]
As football fans south of the border were gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Sawyer Buettner and Payton Hall were earning bragging rights for their country.
The pair helped Canada's national under-18 team earn a second straight win in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Friday with a 25-9 victory over the United States.
Most great Canadian football players play in Canada. I guess if there was a Canadian NBA or MLB, many of those players would stay home too.
Congrats to the Canadian team who said they had trouble adjusting to playing 4-down football on the smaller American field, but won anyways! :thup:
The Yanks are strangely silent about the International Bowl this year? Here is USAFootball's story about the triumphant American win in 2013:
[b]U.S. Under-19 National Team wins fourth annual International Bowl, 42-10[/b] By Joe Frollo Wed, 02/06/2013
The 2013 International Bowl was about redemption for the U.S. Under-19 National Team.
The sport is bigger than ever, played in every corner of the Earth with 64 International Federation of American Football member nations on six continents.
But this is our game. It’s called American football for a reason.
Then in 2014, Team Canada trounced the American All-Star squad 53-9. I'm surprised the Americans didn't cancel the event and crown themselves "World Champions" by default.
[b]Canada wins International Bowl in Texas[/b]
"The biggest adjustment that Canadian players had to make was to get used to playing four down football at the home of the Dallas Cowboys instead of the three down game they are used to in Saskatchewan.
"You really don't think it will be that big of a change until you start playing down there," Buettner said. "The length and the width of the field and the different motion rules are all things you have to get used to in a hurry before the game actually starts.
"On the defensive side of the ball you have one more down that you have to stop the offence on, which is a little bit strange at first," Hall added. "You also have to read the plays a bit differently as you can't move multiple guys in motion on offence like we do in Canada."[url=http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Sports/Football/2015-02-03/article-4029523/Buettner-and-Hall-help-Canada-win-second-straight-International-Bowl/1]http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Sports/Footbal ... nal-Bowl/1[/url]
I'm actually struggling to get the score for one of the games. I can't access the site right now, but my understanding is that there are six games, the Canadian have won three of them, the Americans have beaten the "world" team.
That leaves the U19 game to play and one score unaccounted for which. If that's a Canadian win too, then Canada would be 4-0 this year (they had no representation on the world team) with the U19 pending.
In fairness, the Team Canada U18 victory is being recognized on nfl.com.http://canada.nfl.com/2015/02/03/canadians-on-the-rise/
Canada’s top under-18 football players defeated their American counterparts 25-9 for the second straight year in international competition.
The win, under the lights at AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marked the second consecutive year that Canada’s National Team has defeated the U.S. in the game.
The Under-19 game takes place February 7. The series of games – a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies – also includes Alberta and Ontario’s provincial teams taking on US teams at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 level.
“Our kids played outstanding – very physical, just relentless, no let up, played every down and that’s what we wanted and all that we could ask from the kids,? said head coach Glen Mills, from the Ontario Varsity Football League’s Essex Ravens. “What a fantastic group of young men, it was such a great opportunity for them.?
Canada’s first lead came when quarterback Sawyer Buettner (Moose Jaw, SK) ran the ball in from the one yard line.
Buettner was the 2014 Football Canada Cup offensive MVP after leading Saskatchewan-Green to a gold medal game berth for the first time since 2010. He also led his high school team – the Peacock Tornadoes – to the 2014 3A 12-man Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Associations championship.
A first-half interception by another player from Saskatchewan – Saskatoon’s Benjamin Whiting – put Canada in position to widen its lead. A 7-yard run by Jevante Stanley (Brampton, ON) made it 14-3 at halftime.
Canada’s next score came in the fourth quarter, when Stanley scored his second touchdown of the night. The OVFL Brampton Bulldog went on to earn Canada’s Player of the Game honours, finishing with 14 rushes for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“The young man never ceases to amaze people, he’s a 160 pounds and plays like he’s 250 pounds,? said Mills. “He’s just a football player, he was outstanding again today and made things happen when he needed to make things happen. I couldn’t be happier for the young man.?
Canada added a safety and a field goal by Bedford, Nova Scotia’s Gregory Hutchins.
Mills and the rest of the team enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime to play in iconic Cowboy Stadium.
“What a venue, the kids were in awe and it was great,? Mills said. “It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.?
Boy, if Laval can't even pull it off... how bad must the rest of the CIS be? :cowboy:
Here is a list of players (and their Canadian schools) who are now in the NFL or have been in the last few years.
Israel Idonije - Manitoba
Vaughn Martin - Western
Stefan Charles - Regina
Jon Ryan - Regina
Akiem Hicks (American) - Regina
Jorgen Hus - Regina
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - McGill
David Foucault - Montreal
Henoc Muamba - St FX
Cory Greenwood - Concordia
Sam Giguère - Sherbrooke
Dan Federkeil - Calgary
Ben Heenan - Saskatchewan
Brett Jones - Regina
Matt O’Donnell - Queen’s