Long Read

Long Read: Chasing CFL folklore in the form of a beer can

September 19, 2019 | Paul Woods
It is one of the most iconic plays in Grey Cup history with one big mystery surrounding it — who threw the infamous beer can at Rocket Ismail? Now we know … sort of.

When The Lights Go On: Vernon Adams Jr. and the making of a winner

August 17, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
Ask any of his coaches and they’ll tell you Vernon Adams Jr. was wired to win football games. Chris O’Leary writes on one of the CFL’s fastest rising stars at the QB position.

‘I let this thing own me’: Reilly opens up about mental health

July 3, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
Mike Reilly opens up about his story of his battle off the field with mental health, as told by CFL.ca senior writer Chris O’Leary.

Mike Reilly: Why I chose the BC Lions

February 26, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
Mike Reilly’s career has come full circle. The veteran quarterback explains the reason why he signed with the Lions as told to CFL.ca’s senior writer Chris O’Leary.

Long Read: Bo finds his balance in unique MOP season

November 22, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
In an CFL.ca exclusive, senior writer Chris O’Leary chats with Bo Levi Mitchell about life, family and all that has catapulted him to the top spot among CFL Players.

‘A Walking Miracle’: Claybrooks opens up about brush with death

November 17, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
The doctors called him a walking miracle. DeVone Claybrooks recalls his life-and-death situation, and why he’s thankful to be alive. CFL.ca’s Chris O’Leary writes.

Wally’s Way: How Wally Buono became the CFL’s most iconic coach

November 3, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
For Wally Buono, there was never an exact science. Yet he always found the perfect formula, navigating old and new school methods to become a coaching legend. Chris O’Leary writes.

Long Read: Perspective helped Duke re-route harrowing path

October 21, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
For Eskimos receiver Duke Williams, a new perspective in life saved far more than just his career. Chris O’Leary has the story on Williams’ harrowing path to the CFL.

Macbeth’s Many Acts: Argos pivot weaves winding road

August 31, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s path to becoming a CFL starting quarterback has been long and winding. More from Chris O’Leary in the latest long read.

O’Leary: As the ink dries, Humboldt scars will never fade

July 5, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
For the families involved, the Humboldt community and many more across the country, what happened on April 6 in Humboldt, Sask. has left a permanent scar. Chris O’Leary writes.

‘Making Things Right’: Kamar Jorden and the road to redemption

May 6, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Kamar Jorden takes responsibility for what happened to the Stamps in the Grey Cup last year. Now, he’s ready to make things right. CFL.ca’s Chris O’Leary has more.

The Long Read: How Alex Singleton became the CFL’s fastest-rising star

November 16, 2017 | Chris O'Leary
For Stamps middle linebacker Alex Singleton, all things have worked out in the end. CFL.ca’s Chris O’Leary writes on the league’s fastest-rising star.

Filling in the Blanks: Kenny Stafford and the biggest completion

October 8, 2017 | Chris O'Leary
Professionally, 2017 has been challenging for Kenny Stafford. Off the field, however, it’s been different. Chris O’Leary has more on Stafford’s incredible union with his father.

Flight Path: The next Canadian QB is ready for takeoff

September 2, 2017 | Chris O'Leary
While the landscape has changed long since Russ Jackson was the CFL’s best QB, a few new faces are trying to change it back. Chris O’Leary writes in the latest long read.

The Long Read: For S.J. Green, timing is everything

August 9, 2017 | Chris O'Leary
Whether it’s one of life’s difficult decisions or running routes, S.J. Green has learned that nothing is more important than patience. Chris O’Leary has the story on one of the ...

The Long Read: For S.J. Green, timing is everything

August 6, 2017 | Chris O'Leary
Whether it’s one of life’s difficult decisions or running routes, S.J. Green has learned that nothing is more important than patience. Chris O’Leary writes.

The Long Read: Why Canada is my adopted home

July 2, 2017 | CFL.ca Staff
A post-football life in Canada has become the epilogue to many of the CFL’s American players’ stories. As Canada turns 150, players share what it means to them to be Canadian.

The Long Read: DaVaris Daniels is making every step count

June 12, 2017 | CFL.ca Staff
First he lost his grades. Then, his degree. With football on life support, it was time to make a call. Everyone’s path to the pros is different but now, DaVaris Daniels is here.

The Long Read: Is James Franklin the next big thing?

June 16, 2016 | Jeff Krever
Much like his dad, James Franklin was born to lead. How long will it be before the 24-year-old is leading the huddle of a CFL team?