In the pre-season, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle, from Ottawa, Neville Gallimore had dislocated his left elbow which sidelined him for the first 13 weeks of the 2021 NFL season. While away with an injury the Cowboys went 8-4, and the defence had an excellent start to the season, having intercepted 20 passes, recovering 12 fumbles and making 31 sacks over the 12 games played, and the defence gained some fire power once Gallimore returned from his injury.
Making his presence felt in his first game back, against the Washington Football Team, Gallimore was in the backfield all afternoon, finishing the game with a number of quarterback pressures, a tackle for loss, and a sack.
Gallimore, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in his second year in the NFL is not the only Ottawa-raised player that made his presence felt on Sunday in the NFL, and certainly not the only Canadian to do so. Ottawa’s Eli Ankou, a defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills also made a sack over the weekend on the great Tom Brady in the Bills’ matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ankou finished the game with 3 tackles and the sack, his fourth game of the 2021 NFL season, one being played with the Tennessee Titans, and the others with the Buffalo Bills.
Alongside Ankou, in the NFL this weekend Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard had 10 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown for the Carolina Panthers, receiver Joshua Palmer had 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown and linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga made a total 6 tackles in the Chargers win over the New York Giants. On Thursday night, Chase Claypool caught 8 passes for 93 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a last minute loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Canadians continue to make their mark on the NFL, and with both Ottawa natives Eli Ankou and Neville Gallimore recording sacks in week 14, it is expected to only see more of that moving forward this season, and even next season with Jesse Luketa, Luiji Vilain and 4 other Ottawa-raised players in their NFL Draft eligible season from NCAA schools.
Also on the weekend, Ottawa’s Jackson Bennett and Tunde Adeleke took part in the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Unfortunately they suffered a loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but were still representing the city on the big stage.