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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.