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Canadians in the NFL Championship

All 32 of the NFL's teams are based in the United States, but a few Canadian players have broken into the league and made it all the way to the NFL Championship.

From the most recent to the earliest, we'll break down all the players from Canada who have appeared in an NFL Championship game.

Michael Hoecht - DL, Los Angeles Rams

A backup defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams in their 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in early 2022, Oakville, Ontario native Michael Hoecht made one tackle in the Championship game.

Alaric Jackson - OL, Los Angeles Rams

Alaric Jackson, born in Windsor, Ontario, was a backup offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams in the team's 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2021 NFL season's Championship game.

Antony Auclair - TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Antony Auclair, who was born in Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Quebec, was the backup to star tight end Rob Gronkowski during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-9 NFL Championship win over the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of the 2020 season.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - OL, Kansas City Chiefs

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif started at guard for the Chiefs in their 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Championship game which capped off the 2019 NFL season. After the campaign, he retired to attend medical school at Harvard University. Duvernay-Tardif was born in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, and raised in Montreal.

Ryan Hunter - OL, Kansas City Chiefs

North Bay, Ontario native Ryan Hunter was on the Kansas City Chiefs roster for their 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Championship in February 2020.

Luke Wilson - TE, Seattle Seahawks

Luke Wilson, a LaSalle, Ontario native, played for the Seattle Seahawks in two Championship games. He caught two passes for 17 yards in Seattle's 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in 2014, and he started but was not targeted with a pass in the Seahawks' 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in 2015.

Jon Ryan - P, Seattle Seahawks

Jon Ryan was the punter in the Seattle Seahawks' 2014 win and 2015 loss in the NFL Championship. He punted once for 45 yards in the 2014 win over the Denver Broncos by a 43-8 score, and he punted six times for 269 yards in Seattle's 28-24 loss in early 2015. Ryan was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Orlando Franklin - OL, Denver Broncos

Orlando Franklin, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Canada, was the starting right tackle for the Denver Broncos in the team's 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Championship game in February 2014.

Shaun Suisham - K, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallaceburg, Ontario native Shaun Suisham was the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker in the team's 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers in February 2011. Suisham made two extra points and made one of two field goal attempts. The miss came with four-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter and, if he made it, would have brought Pittsburgh within one point, although the three points didn't make the difference in the end.

Austin Collie - WR, Indianapolis Colts

Hamilton native Austin Collie was one of Peyton Manning's targets in the Colts' run to the NFL Championship in February 2010. Collie caught six passes for 66 yards in the Colts' 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Mitch Berger - P, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitch Berger, a Kamloops, British Colombia native, was the Steelers' punter in the team's 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL Championship game that capped off the 2008 NFL season. In that game, Berger punted three times for 139 yards.

Nick Kaczur - OL, New England Patriots

Brantford, Ontario native Nick Kaczur was the Patriots' starting right tackle in their 17-14 loss to the New York Giants in the NFL Championship game that capped off the 2007 season. The Patriots had been undefeated before that loss. Kaczur played for the Pats from 2005 to 2010 and was named to the franchise's All-2000s team.

Daniel Federkeil - OL, Indianapolis Colts

Medicine Hat, Alberta native and University of Calgary alum Daniel Federkeil was a backup offensive lineman for the Championship-winning Indianapolis Colts team in 2006. The Colts won the game 29-17. Federkeil was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 Canadian Football League Draft, and he played three NFL seasons. He won both the Grey Cup and NFL Championship in his career.

Israel Idonije - DL, Chicago Bears

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije was on the Chicago Bears' roster for the NFL Championship game in February 2004, although he did not record a stat in the game which the Bears lost 29-17. Idonije was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba and was drafted in the second round of the 2003 Canadian Football League Draft.

Jean-Philippe Darche - LS, Seattle Seahawks

Jean-Philippe "J.P." Darche was the Seattle Seahawks long snapper during the team's NFL Championship loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers by a 21-10 score in the 2005 season's title game. Darche is a Montreal native.

Mike Labinjo - LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Mike Labinjo, born in Toronto, was a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles during their 24-21 NFL Championship loss to the New England Patriots in February 2005. Labinjo made two total tackles in the game.

Tom Nutten - OL, St. Louis Rams

While he was born in Toledo, Ohio in the United States, Tom Nutten played high school football in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and he played two seasons in the Canadian Football League from 1997-1998. He then joined the St. Louis Rams, where he blocked for Kurt Warner in two NFL Championship games. His first was a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in the 1999 season, and his second was a 20-17 loss to the New England Patriots in the 2001 season.

O.J. Santiago - TE, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons tight end O.J. Santiago, born in Whitby, Ontario, caught one pass for 13 yards in the Falcon's 34-19 NFL Championship loss to the Denver Broncos in January 1999.

Klaus Wilmsmeyer - P, San Francisco 49ers

Klaus Wilmsmeyer, a Mississauga native, was the 49ers' punter in the 1994 season's NFL Championship game. He punted five times in the Niners' 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers for a total of 199 yards.

Eddie Murray - K, Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys kicker Eddie Murray was the team's kicker in the 1993 season's NFL Championship game. In a game including another Canadian kicker - Buffalo's Steve Christie - Murray made three field goals and two extra points as Dallas won 30-13.

Tyrone Williams - WR, Dallas Cowboys

Tyrone Williams, born in Halifax, was the first player to win an NFL Championship, the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup, and the Vanier Cup which is the college football championship in Canada. He was on the roster for Dallas' Championship win in January 1994, but he did not play in the game.

Steve Christie - K, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills all-time leading points scorer Steve Christie is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, and he was Buffalo's kicker for the last two of the franchise's four straight losses in the NFL Championship. He kicked a field goal and two extra points in Buffalo's 52-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in January 1993, and he kicked two field goals and one extra point in a 30-13 loss to Dallas in January 1994.

Mark Rypien - QB, Washington

Mark Rypien, born in Calgary, was Joe Theismann's backup in Washington for the franchise's first NFL Championship win - 42-10 over the Denver Broncos to cap off the 1987 season. He was the starter in 1991 season's Championship and he completed 18/33 passes for 292 yards, two TDs, and one interception as Washington beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24.

Allan Kennedy - OT, San Francisco 49ers

Vancouver native Kennedy was one of the men blocking for legendary quarterback Joe Montana as the San Francisco 49ers won the franchise's first NFL Championship by a 26-21 score over the Cincinnati Bengals to cap off the 1981 NFL season.

Ken Clark - P, Los Angeles Rams

Ken Clark only played one NFL season, but it was a long one as his team made it all the way to the NFL Championship. He played for the Rams in their 31-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980.

Roy Gerela - K, Pittsburgh Steelers

Born in Sarrail, Alberta in 1948, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Roy Gerela became the first Canadian-born player to reach the NFL Championship game when his team made it in 1974. Gerela was part of three Championship-winning Steelers teams: 1974, 1975, and 1978.

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