Originally Posted by -p.tiddy-
their football is amateur level too though...
it's surprisingly popular there I think
ALSO, the NFL has a large fan base in Mexico...
I think football's popularity is not just the US but all of North America
The CFL is a very high level of football. It's not on the level of the NFL, but it's the closest league in the world. Guys have come from the CFL to become, not just players, but stars in the NFL. Kurt Warner is the most glaring example, obviously, but Cameron Wake played for two years in the CFL before being given a chance with the Dolphins and subsequently becoming one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL.
Andrew Hawkins is another good example of a guy who made the jump and is now a starting WR on a very good offense.
I certainly don't look at the CFL as amateur football. Those guys are one step away. It's Class AAA for football players. If you play in the CFL, you're a damn good football player... Certainly beyond amateur status (especially since they're getting paid for playing the game).