Redblack Origins; 2016 Edition

Each off-season, CFL GMs scour North America for hidden talent and guys who they believe will make an impact on their roster. Ottawa Redblacks’ GM Marcel Desjardins is no exception and the collection of players on the Redblacks’ roster as they head into training camp hail from across the continent.

With that in mind, let’s take a look an interactive map that breaks down where every Redblack was born.

About the map:

The map shows Ottawa’s roster as of May 23rd, 2016. The offence is represented by circles, while the defence is represented by squares. The weight of each player was added to allow a user to see the relationship between weight sizes and positions. Each positional group has its own colour and clicking on a player’s circle or square will pull up info such as number, status, college and date of birth.

The map also features seven tabs, including facts about the team, player highlight videos, the coaching staff, R-Nation and the Ottawa’s 2015 stats.


General observations:

– In Canada, Ontario and Quebec feature the most Redblacks, with 16 and 13 respectively

– In the US, the state with the most Redblacks is Florida (with 10), closely followed by Texas with 7

– 37 out of Ottawa’s 88 current roster players are Canadian (keep in mind the final roster must feature at least 21)

– No city has produced more Redblacks than the Montréal area in Canada and Miami in the US

– The Redblacks boast a bit of an international flair, with three players born on three different continents (Kanneh in England, Hinds in Guyana and Okoye in Nigeria).


A huge thanks to Giuseppe Filoso, without whom this map would not be possible.

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).