Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/11/12
Unknown to some Americans, our neighbors to the north have their own professional league of pigskin-carrying warriors.   The Canadian Football League has produced some premier talent throughout the years, some of which went on to the NFL.  Here is a list of the five best NFL players in recent memory who spent some time in the CFL: 5. Ricky Williams   Ricky Williams rushed for more than 1000 yards in four straight seasons from 2000 to 2003.  In 2002, he rushed for a career-high 1853 yards and 16 TDs.  After his early retirement and subsequent suspension, Ricky Williams spent the 2006 season with the Toronto Argonauts.  He got injured after playing 11 games in the CFL and ended up back in the NFL the following season.  After that, Williams never really regained the form of his earlier career, but managed to put up 1,121 yards and 11 TDs in 2009.  His numbers since have severely dipped and he has recently taken a backseat to Ronnie Brown and Ray Rice.  Before retiring for good last wee...
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