Sunday is not just the return of the Seattle Seahawks after their bye week, it’s also the 107th Grey Cup!
Canadian Football’s biggest prize will be contested in Calgary between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Last year, former Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews was able to win the Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders, and now another ex-Seahawk (albeit one who never played on the 53-man roster) has a chance to join him.
Kenny Lawler spent two years on Seattle’s practice squad from 2016-2017 before heading to the CFL. The former seventh-round pick was thought to be a sleeper choice to make the Seahawks’ active roster, but it never materialized.
In his first full CFL season, Lawler has fared quite well. He racked up 43 catches for 637 yards and 4 touchdowns in the regular season, and played the role of hero in the Western Division Final against Jon Ryan’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Quarterback Zach Collaros led a 107-yard touchdown drive, capped off by Lawler scoring the game’s only touchdown to help Winnipeg knock off Saskatchewan 20-13.
The Grey Cup airs live on ESPN2 for US viewers starting at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT. Winnipeg also boasts defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, whom the Seahawks had in 2014 preseason but was released before final roster cuts.