The origins of the 2017 Ottawa Redblacks

Each off-season, every CFL roster around the league undergoes significant change. No team, not even the Grey Cup champs, are an exception to the rule.

But even as Ottawa Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins watched starters such as Ernest Jackson, Chris Williams, Mitchell White, Abdul Kanneh, Forrest Hightower and J’Michael Deane walk out the door, he was already inking replacements to fill their voids.

As Ottawa seeks to defend their championship on home turf, 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 21st, 2017. 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 nine tabs, including facts about the team, the coaching staff, R-Nation, Ottawa’s 2016 stats and much more. Don’t be shy to click around.

General observations:

– In Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta feature the most Redblacks, with 12, 8 and 6 respectively

– In the US, the states with the most Redblacks are Florida and Texas (with 8 each), closely followed by California with 7

– The Redblacks have at least one player from 6 of Canada’s 10 provinces and 21 out of the 50 US states

– 33 out of Ottawa’s 82 current roster players are Canadian

– No city has produced more Redblacks than Montréal in Canada and Los Angeles in the US

– The Redblacks’ roster currently features 42 players on the offensive side of the ball and 40 on defence

  Though no player was born outside of Canada or the US, offensive coordinator Jamie Elizondo is a Mexican native (born in Aguascalientes)

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).