The Canadian Football League doesn't have the same widespread appeal as the National Football League, but Canadian fans cherish the sport that boasts a larger game ball and playing field. Salaries north of the border, however, aren't as big. The average CFL player salary in 2014 in the nine-team was just a fraction of the NFL average, even despite the longer 18-game schedule.
Lower Salaries Than the NFL
The average player salary in the CFL isn't made public. A 2014 article in The MMQB, a Sports Illustrated-run football website, estimated the average salary in the league at $80,000. The average NFL player made $1.9 million in 2012.
Second Careers for CFLers
Because of the low salary in the CFL, many players -- even those who are superstars -- work at second jobs during the offseason. Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, who earned the award as the league's most outstanding player in 2013, worked as a banker during the months between football seasons at the time of publication. Kory Sheets, a running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, has worked for a trucking company. Although some NFL players worked second jobs several decades ago, this practice is uncommon due to higher salaries.