As is well known, the NFL is not a league that tends to develop or include a large number of foreign players on its teams. However, as of today, nearly 30 Canadian-born players remain in the competition, and some of them are good options for prop bets.
The last players to come into the league in 2020 were Tevaughn Campbell (currently a free agent), Dakoda Shepley (Dallas Cowboys), Neville Gallimore (Dallas Cowboys), and Chase Claypool (Pittsburgh Steelers).
Neville Gallimore remains active. Gallimore is a defensive tackle from Ottawa, Ontario. He is 25 years old and is in his third season as a professional player.
He started with St. Patrick’s High School but then went on to Canada Prep Academy in Welland, Ontario, with whom he was able to compete in various tournaments in the United States.
He was also the first Canadian to be invited to the US Army All-American Bowl but was unable to play due to injury.
In his next stint, he managed to redshirt with Oklahoma in 2015, and as a first-year student in 2016, he played in 13 games, six of the last eight with 40 tackles and one catch.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Gallimore in the third round of the 2020 Draft. He recorded his first NFL tackle, fittingly in a Week 5 win (34-37) over New York Giants.
In September 2021, he was placed on the injured list and three months later was activated for Week 14.
In the current season, the Ottawa native has three tackles, one of them solo. In his three years in the NLF, he has played 22 games with 44 tackles, 17 of them solo.
Shepley and Claypool
Although he is not seeing minutes in official games, Shepley remains active as a Dallas Cowboys practice squad member.
This offensive tackle was born on December 27, 1994, in Windsor, Ontario. His beginnings, as a good Canadian, were in field hockey, but an injury left him out.
He played college football with the UBC Thunderbirds and then was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets following the 2018 Draft.
He spent time in training camps, and after three preseason games, he was released on August 31 of that same year. After that, he went through San Francisco 49ers (2020), Seattle Seahawks (2021), and ended up with Dallas.
Pittsburgh Steelers also has a Canadian among its ranks. He is wide receiver Chase Claypool, born in Abbotsford. At the age of 24, he’s in his third season in the NFL.
Claypool started in college with Notre Dame and was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2020 Draft. That same year, he became the first Steelers rookie in team history to score four touchdowns in a game.
So far this season, the player has received 11 receptions and 79 yards, with an average of 7.2 yards per catch. His longest reception has been 20 yards, and he has four first-down receptions.
As for his team’s performance, the Steelers are off to a 1-2 start in the first three weeks. They have not gotten off to a good start, but anything can happen in football, and sometimes it pays to take a chance.
Pittsburgh, although not among the favorites, could be a surprise in the next few days. A good option to take a risk and bet on them, you could win more money.
Between Dolphins and Panthers
Jevon Holland is another active player with the Miami Dolphins. He has seen action in all four of his team’s games this season and has accumulated good numbers.
His personal stats include 21 tackles, 16 of them solo, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and a 31-yard interception.
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In 2021, he closed with 16 games, including 69 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, one long, ten passes defended, and two stuffs.
Panthers have Chuba Hubbard, who, not counting Week 4, already has four rushing attempts, 28 rushing yards, for an average of 7.0 yards per rushing attempt.
That same year, the Edmonton native accumulated 172 rushing attempts, 612 rushing yards, and an average of 3.6 yards per rush attempt. He also scored five rushing touchdowns in 17 games played.
From the Maple Leaf
The list of Canadian players in the NFL is extensive, many are off the starting rosters, and others have seen few actions so far this season.
The following is a breakdown with data on each one:
|Eli Ankou||Nose tackle||Jaguars (2017–2019)
|Antony Auclair||Tight end||Buccaneers (2017–2020)
|Tevaughn Campbell||Cornerback||Chargers (2019–present)||Scarborough, ON|
|Chase Claypool||Wide receiver||Steelers (2020–present)||Abbotsford, BC|
|Christian Covington||Defensive tackle||Texans (2015–2018)
|Drew Desjarlais||Guard||Patriots (2022–present)||Belle River, ON|
|Laurent Duvernay-Tardif||Guard||Chiefs (2014–2021)
|Neville Gallimore||Defensive tackle||Cowboys (2020–present)||Ottawa, ON|
|Lirim Hajrullahu||Placekicker||Cowboys (2021–present)||Gjilan, Kosovo|
|N’Keal Harry||Wide receiver||Patriots (2019–present)||Toronto, ON|
|Michael Hoecht||Defensive lineman||Rams (2020–present)||Oakville, ON|
|Jevon Holland||Safety||Dolphins (2021–present)||Coquitlam, BC|
|Chuba Hubbard||Running back||Panthers (2021–present)||Edmonton, AB|
|Ryan Hunter||Offensive Lineman||Chiefs (2018–2019)
|North Bay, ON|
|Alaric Jackson||Offensive Lineman||Rams (2021–present)||Windsor, ON|
|Rysen John||Tight end||Giants (2020–present)||Vancouver, BC|
|Brett Jones||Center||Giants (2015–2017)
|Nikola Kalinic||Fullback||Colts (2022–present)||Toronto, ON|
|Jonathan Kongbo||Defensive end||Broncos (2022–present)||Kinshasa, Congo|
|Brayden Lenius||Wide receiver||Falcons (2022–present)||Regina, SK|
|Carter O’Donnell||Offensive Lineman||Colts (2020–present)||Calgary, AB|
|Amen Ogbongbemiga||Linebacker||Chargers (2021–present)||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Josh Palmer||Wide receiver||Chargers (2021–present)||Brampton, ON|
|Nathan Shepherd||Defensive tackle||Jets (2018–present)||Ajax, ON|
|Dakoda Shepley||Offensive lineman||49ers (2020–2Seahawks (2021–present)||Windsor, ON|
|Cornerback||Washington (2021–present)||Montreal, PQ|
|Brent Urban||Defensive end||Ravens (2014–2018)
|Pier-Olivier Lestage||Offensive lineman||Seahawks (2021–present)||Saint-Eustache, PQ|
|J. J. Molson||Placekicker||Packers (2020–present)||Montreal, PQ|
Jim Bryant, Tommy Hughitt, Buck MacDonald, and Perce Wilson were the first Canadians to see action in the NFL. It was 1920, and all played at least one regular season game.
Bryant, born in Toronto, Ontario, on July 12, 1894, was a player at George Washington, Pennsylvania, and made his NFL debut at the age of 26 with the Cleveland Tigers. His position was blocking back, and though he was active in three games, he left no personal statistics. He passed away at the age of 77 in 1972.
Hughitt, meanwhile, had a five-year career (1920-1924) with the Buffalo All-Americans and Buffalo Bisons. At the age of 28, the native of Genoa, British Columbia, began his journey in professional football. During his first season, he appeared in 11 games, three of them as a starter. He passed away in December 1961.
In the following season, he played 12 games, of which he started 10. He averaged 1.7 points per game. Between 1922 and 1924, he played 33 games for a total of 56 in his career, 41 of which were as a starter. For his lifetime, he kicked a total field goal and two extra points.
The other player who was among the fantastic three was Percival James “Perce” Wilson, better known as Percy Wilson. He was the first Canadian-born quarterback to play in the NFL and did so with the Detroit Heralds.
The Liftord, Ontario native (1890-1936) played seven games in his only season in 1920. In three of them, he was the starter. In that campaign, his team started against the Cleveland Panthers. As starting quarterback, the Heralds won 40-14, and Wilson scored his team’s fifth touchdown.
Are Canadian Teams in the NFL?
The answer is No. There has never been a Canadian franchise in the NFL. Since 1950, they have wanted to bring a team to Toronto. The Bills have played official games there and tried to move to this city, but there were no positive answers.