Redblack Origins

Every year, CFL GMs and scouts scour North America for hidden talent and guys who they believe will make an impact on their roster, in hopes those players might wind up contributing to a team pursuing a Grey Cup championship. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this interactive map that breaks down where every player on the Redblacks’ roster was born.

About the map:

Players are organized by positional group specific dots and clicking on a player’s dot will pull up info like number, status, college and date of birth. You can also change the background of the map by clicking the base map button in the upper left corner.

Go to the interactive map

General observations:


– In Canada, Ontario boasts the most current Redblacks, with 12. Quebec comes in second with 8

– In the US, the state with the most Redblacks is California, with 10. Florida sits a close second with 6

– 31 out of 78 players are Canadian (the final roster must feature at least 21)

– No city has produced more Redblacks than Ottawa, with DL/LB Justin Phillips, DL Connor Williams, OL Nolan MacMillan and this year’s 1st round pick OL Alex Mateas all Ottawa natives.

– Interesting to note that 3 players were born outside of North America: RB Chevon Walker, DB Hugo Lopez and DB Abdul Kanneh

So once again, I highly encourage you to take some time to play around with this fantastic map, put together by Giuseppe Filoso ([email protected]).


Santino Filoso is originally from Ottawa and has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know).