CFL-Hawks: Many Seattle Seahawks have Canadian football roots

Border crossing: Seahawks who have played in the CFL

No one questions that the NFL is superior to the Canadian Football League. But certain NFL teams have closer ties to the Great White North than others.

Being so close to the border, the Seattle Seahawks are one of them.


Here’s a look at some of the memorable Seattle players with connections to the CFL.

Warren Moon

Naturally, Moon was most famous for his time with the Houston Oilers. But the Hall-of-Famer was just as dominant in the CFL as he was in the NFL, winning five Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Moon spent two of his final seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, including an astounding 1997 campaign in which he threw for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns to make his final Pro Bowl at age 41 .

Jon Ryan

Don’t let Jon Ryan’s punter status fool you. He’s an athlete. The Canadian and current Seattle Seahawk was a dominant wide receiver in addition to punting for the University of Regina. He played for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers before becoming a Green Bay Packer in 2006.

Since the 2008 season, he’s handled punting duties for the Seahawks.

Warren Moon dominated the CFL before coming to the NFL

Sean Salisbury

The quarterback out of Southern Cal had a brief career with the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts before joining the Winnipeg Blue bombers for the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

Salisbury led the Bombers to a Grey Cup victory in 1988 and returned to the NFL to play for Minnesota, Houston and San Diego after that.

Tommy Kane

Kane was a solid receiver with the Seahawks for four seasons before heading north to play for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

Unfortunately, Kane is among the most notorious Seahawks. He’s currently serving an 18-year sentence for stabbing his wife to death.

J.P. Darche

This unsung hero played one year with the Toronto Argonauts before becoming the long snapper for the best Seattle Seahawks teams of all time. Darche, a French Canadian, was a Seahawk from 2000-2008 and played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle, becoming the first man to play Canadian university football and in a Super Bowl.

Dave Dickenson

The All-Star CFL quarterback had many memorable years with the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions. After a 4,636-yard, 36-touchdown season in 2000, he spent 2001 and 2002 as a back quarterback in the NFL.

Naturally, he was a Seahawk for part of that time, though he never got to throw a pass in a regular-season game.

2013 Edit: We can also add Brandon Browner to this list now.

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  • Anonymous

    Let’s not forget current BC Lion and EX-Seahawks practice squader Travis Lulay, OR Kerry Carter from Stanford, OR now Candian Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden…

  • Careful of the SUPERIOR comment, although the games are very close in play , the size of the CFL field and the 3 downs instead of 4 have left many a skilled defensive player shaking in their boots about the area they have to cover. Especially when the endzone is almost as big as the NFL field (minor exageration here). It forces the ball in the air a lot more and makes for high scoring exciting ball. The simple fact is the higher revenues created by the much larger markets in the US allow for far bigger contracts so the best playes go where the money is after all it is a business.

  • Superior? i question that. overpaid, without a doubt.

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