Born in Calgary and raised in Spokane, Wash., Rypien became the only Canadian-born player to win a Super Bowl MVP award after going 18-for-33 for 292 yards and two TDs in Washington’s 37-24 victory over Buffalo in 1992.
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The Toronto businessman became a U.S. citizen by an act of Congress in 1960 and bought the Washington Redskins. Under his ownership, the Skins won three Super Bowl titles in four tries – one quarterbacked by Rypien, the other by former CFL star Joe Theismann.
The soccer player-turned kicker from suburban Toronto joined the Bills in 1992, and played in two of Buffalo’s four Super Bowl losses. In 1994, he kicked what still remains the longest field goal in Super Bowl history at 54 yards.
The product of Toronto sports power St. Mike’s entered NFL lore in 1998 when he invented the “Dirty Bird” a fairly ugly dance routine performed after Falcon touchdowns. Atlanta went to the Super Bowl that year, but the tight end was held to one catch for 13 yards in a 34-19 loss to Denver.
The big tackle from Wayne Gretzky’s hometown of Brantford, Ont. joined the Patriots in 2005 and became part of the vaunted offensive line in front of Tom Brady. He started at right tackle for New England in last year’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants.