Mark Fulton, a prolific Twitter user and a writer for Ticats' blog Blogskee Wee Wee, has been doing some terrific work on this lately, pulling together lists of the CFL's players and where they come from. As you can see in the table at right (based on data as of Jan. 1), he's broken it down into both nationals (mostly Canadians) and internationals (mostly Americans) and what playing background each of them come from.One fascinating facet of the CFL is how it's comprised of players from remarkably different backgrounds. The CFL has Canadians and Americans, players from all levels of college and junior, and players of all different sizes.
Those numbers are interesting enough in their own right. First off, it's notable that only 45 per cent of the players on CFL rosters are nationals. Second, only 33 per cent of total players are coming from Canadian schools, and only 31 per cent are coming from CIS schools. (The "Non-CIS CDN Schools" category is B.C.'s Simon Fraser University, which competes in NCAA Division II.) Those are still significant numbers for CIS, but they're lower than what we've sometimes seen in the past, which is more evidence of the rising numbers of Canadians finding major success in the NCAA.Read More »from Where do CFL players come from? Breaking down the CFL by nationality, school, division and more