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Bennett: ‘I’ve wanted to have this conversation for a while’

February 25, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
It was a conversation that Donnovan Bennett had wanted to see happen for years. It wasn’t journalistically-driven, necessarily. It was more one of those dinner-with-any-three-people type of ...

O’Leary: A candid Q&A with Bo Levi Mitchell

February 13, 2019 | Chris O'Leary
A day after the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player elected to sign long term in Calgary, CFL.ca senior writer Chris O’Leary chats 1-on-1 with Bo Levi Mitchell about the FA process.

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.

The Waterloo record-setter: Young pivot taking OUA by storm

October 25, 2018 | David Grossman
They are often tagged as “sleepers”. For many young football players, coming up through the summer leagues and the high school game, they have been the no-name athletes trying to make the roster, ...

Mike Labinjo was a homegrown star since day one

October 21, 2018 | David Grossman
Weeks after his sudden death, people still speak about Mike Labinjo, but the focus has been on his tenure with professional football. Whether it was seeing action for three National Football ...

Randy’s Word: Talking CFL 2.0

October 3, 2018 | Randy Ambrosie
Commissioner Randy Ambrosie is back with his latest blog about the state of the Canadian Football League and in his October entry, he hones in on what is quickly being referred to as ‘CFL ...

How the late Mike Labinjo catapulted the ’08 Stampeders to a Grey Cup

September 25, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Chris Jones, Geroy Simon and Anthony Calvillo open up about a magical 2008 playoff run where the Mike Labinjo led his defence to a Grey Cup. CFL.ca’s Chris O’Leary reports on the ...

Diversity is Strength: Profiling the personalities who changed our league

August 8, 2018 | CFL.ca Staff
Following the announcement of the 2018 edition of Diversity is Strength campaign, CFL.ca profiles the personalities who broke barriers, changing our league and helping to change society.

Police brutality ended his career, but Bowen didn’t quit on his community

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
They beat him, allegedly planted drugs on him and charged him with assaulting police and possession of cocaine. Bowen and his lawyer said the incident was racial profiling. Bowen was acquitted in ...

Calgary’s comfort lured Pennsylvania boys from prospect of NFL

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
By that time, the two men that grew up three hours apart in Pennsylvania — Harrison was eight-years older than Helton — had both chosen to play their college football at Arizona State ...

Polak made ‘her-story’ while helping Rough Riders stay afloat

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
She was named the general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders in December, 1988. The Montreal Alouettes had folded a year-and-a-half prior and the Rough Riders were in a dire financial situation.

Trawick patrolled the lines in Montreal, and broke the CFL colour barrier

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Trawick was the first African-American player to suit up in the CFL. His transition to a new country was ultimately successful and came at the same time that Jackie Robinson was playing with the ...

Hughes preaches importance of inclusion from personal experiences

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
“My parents did everything they could to help me play football. That included going down to the pawn shop and pawning off some things to be able to afford for registration for me to play. They ...

How Joey Moss worked his way to become an Edmonton legend

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Through all of those years spent in locker rooms and all of the brushes with fame that came with it — people in both organizations have said for years that Joey is the most famous person in ...

In an era of systemic racism, Bright found acceptance in Canada

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Bright, a Heisman candidate that year, took to the field and history unfolded. He was targeted on the first play of the game, taking a forearm to the jaw after he’d handed off the ball. The bone ...

Buono chose sports over trouble, and never looked back

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Like many first-generation immigrants, the Buonos’ start to their life in Canada was a hard one. Wally was nine when his father, a construction worker, died in his sleep. It took his mother years ...

After playing career, Hopkins has shifted impact to schools

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
When Hopkins got to the CFL in 2010, launching a seven-year career that saw the defensive tackle go from Winnipeg to Montreal to a Grey Cup-winning team in Ottawa, he knew he wanted to lend his ...

Custis threw down the foundation as CFL’s first black quarterback

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Custis was the league’s first black quarterback. Sixty-seven years after that one season under centre, he’s the one to have walked through a game-changing door. His spirit of breaking down ...

Khan relishes chance to educate teammates on his faith, culture

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Over the course of his nine-year career, it would be the first of many of these conversations. A first-generation Canadian of Pakistani descent, Khan was often the only East Indian player on his ...
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