When you ask the Americans who love football, what the most important football leagues are, most of them will say CFL and NFL. They simply love watching and betting on those leagues on either casino-bonus.ca sites or betting sites. Those two leagues gave us some of the best football players America ever saw and that is why today we are going to discuss the most successful players who played in both the CFL and NFL. It is safe to say that not many of them were successful in both of those leagues, but there are those who managed to do that. Here are three of them.
At Penn State, Cameron Wake was the linebacker, but he occasionally played as a defensive end. He finished his wonderful college career with 191 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 24 tackles.
After going undrafted in 2005, Wake signed with the New York Giants, but he was cut before training camp.
Wake signed with the BC Lions and moved to the defensive end. He finished his first season with a league-best 16 sacks. He also became the first player in CFL history to be named Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
In 2009, Wake signed with Miami and in 2010 he finished with 14 sacks. In 10 seasons with the Dolphins, he registered 98 sacks and he won Pro Bowler five times and All-Pro four times. He signed with Tennessee in 2019 and joined the 100 sacks club. He retired in 2020.
By 1984, Doug had one of the most memorable finishes in college football history with the “Hail Flutie” pass. He was named the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner and left school as the NCAA’s all-time passing yards leader.
But, the experts did not see him fit for the NFL because he was “only” 5’9″ and and had 175 pounds. They said he was too small for the NFL.
Flutie signed with the Bears, who traded for his NFL rights from the Rams, in 1986. He played in four games for Chicago before being traded to New England before the 1987 season. He had many wonderful games playing for the Patriots, but the coach simply did not trust him.
In 1990, Flutie signed with the BC Lions on a two-year deal. Then, in 1991, he had a wonderful season by setting the CFL record for passing yards in a season. In 1992, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders and immediately led them to a Grey Cup title. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts in 1996 and helped them win back-to-back Grey Cup titles.
Before playing in the NFL, Warren played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1978. In his first five seasons in Edmonton, he led the Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup titles and became the first CFL quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards.
In 1984, Moon signed with the Houston Oilers. In his first season with the team, he had 3,338 yards. That was the franchise record. In 1990, he tied Dan Marino’s record with nine 300-yard games in a season. Against Kansas City, he threw for 527 yards. That is the second-most passing yards ever in a single game.
In 17 NFL seasons, Warren was a nine-time pro bowler and the 1990 NFL MVP. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, and he is the only man to be a member of the NFL and CFL Hall of Fame.
Those were the three most successful CFL and NFL players ever.