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The impact of Canadians on the Pittsburgh Steelers

On Canada’s 153 birthday we dive into some Steelers players from the great white north

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Canadians seem to be invading Pittsburgh sports these days. There are 9 Canadians on the penguins roster, dual-citizen Jameson Taillon is throwing pitches for the Pirates, Chase Claypool was drafted to the Steelers with their top pick of the 2020 draft, and Matt Canada was named the Steelers QB coach back in January. Okay, well Matt Canada isn't actually Canadian but you get the point.

Even the author of this article hails from the great white north.

So today, on Canada Day I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of the greatest Pittsburgh Steelers to call the true-north home.

Roy Gerela

Sarrail, Alberta
Kicker, 1971-1978

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Roy Gerela is a two time Pro Bowler and a three time Super Bowl champ with the Pittsburgh Steelers. To this day, he is still ranks third on the all-time Steelers scoring list. Gerela would make 184 of his 306 career attempts and would retire hitting 60.1% of his field goals.

The Gerela family is routed pretty deep in Canadian football history, as Roy’s brothers, Ted and Metro, played a handful of seasons as kickers in the Canadian football League. Metro Gerela is also a member of the Canadian soccer Hall of Fame.

Mitch Berger

Kamloops, British Columbia
Punter, 2008

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Mitch Berger was a one hit wonder for the Steelers back in 2008, but he would play 16 total seasons in the NFL. In his lone season in Pittsburgh, Berger would play in 13 games but would be a tackling machine —as far as punters go. Berger made 5 tackles including 2 in the form of touchdown-savers. In Super Bowl XLIII, Berger had three punts for a 46.3 yard average, including one inside the 20.

Shaun Suisham

Wallaceburg, Ontario
Kicker, 2005, 2010-2015

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Shaun Suisham kicked his career off with the Steelers back in 2005 and would then bounce around the NFL the next 5 years before landing back in the Steel City. In 5 seasons with the Steelers, Suisham knocked through 124 of his 141 field goal attempts along with 274 extra points. Suisham would famously end his career playing in the Hall of Fame Game which sparked a series of unfortunate events which ended when the Steelers signed future Pro Bowler Chris Boswell to the roster.

Chase Claypool

Abbotsford, British Columbia
Wide Receiver, 2020-Present

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Chase Claypool hasn't even stepped foot on the Steelers practice field yet but he has already accomplished something no other Canadian has ever done with the Pittsburgh Steelers: Being the highest Canadian draft pick in franchise history. It also won't take long for Claypool to be the best Canadian in franchise history because, the rest of the list is a bunch of kickers.

What do you think. Will Chase Claypool go down as the greatest Canadian in franchise history? What kind of stats would he need to acquire the title? Let us know down in the comments below!

Also shout out Ryan Thelwell and Jamaal Westerman who are also Canadian but only appeared in 1 game in Pittsburgh.

This one goes out to you Canadian Steelers fans. Happy Canada Day and go Steelers!