Canada has blessed us with some of the most incredible hockey players over time, there is no denying that. In fact, this year, more Canadians are playing in the NFL than ever before. It’s got us thinking- who are the top five players you need to keep an eye on going forward?
This information can possibly take you closer to the riches, if you are into sports betting and place bets on online sports betting platforms.
Here’s our list:
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, is first on our list. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, and attended McGill University for his college football career.
In addition to his athletic abilities, he is a medical doctor- he graduated from McGill in 2018. During the 2020 NFL season, he made headlines when he opted out due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, and instead chose to work on the front lines at a long-term care facility in Quebec.
Chase Claypool, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is next on our list. He was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia and played collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame.
In the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected him, and he made a big impression right on, ending his rookie campaign with 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.
Claypool is a lethal weapon on the field because of his combination of size (6’4″) and quickness.
British Columbia native and Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland was born in Coquitlam. At the University of Oregon, where he played collegiate football, he was twice named to the All-Pac-12 team.
In his rookie season, Holland, who was selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, demonstrated his flexibility by playing both safety and nickel cornerback.
Let’s now take a look at a former Canadian football star- Lui Passaglia. Passaglia spent an astonishing 25 seasons as a kicker and punter in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has won three Grey Cups (the CFL’s championship game) with the BC Lions. He retired as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 3,991 points.
Jon Ryan, a punter who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, is last but certainly not the least on this list. Born in Regina, he attended the University of Regina and played college football.
He played with the Seattle Seahawks where he won a Super Bowl in 2014, after being signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He was well-known for his precision and capacity to trap rival players far inside their own territory.
So, there you have it, folks- five of the top Canadian players in American football. Whether you’re a fan of the NFL or the CFL, these players have all made a name for themselves in the world of football. Who knows who will make the cut in the future? Only time will tell. So, keep your eyes peeled and let’s see who makes the list next.