Jovan Santos-Knox
No. 5     Ottawa Redblacks
Santos-Knox with the Redblacks in 2023
Born: (1994-07-05) July 5, 1994 (age 29)[1]
Waterbury, Connecticut
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight233 lb (106 kg)
Career history
As player
20172018Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2019Edmonton Eskimos
20212022Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2023–presentOttawa Redblacks
CFL East All-Star2022
Career stats
Forced fumbles4

Jovan Santos-Knox (born July 5, 1994) is a professional Canadian football linebacker for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[1] He played college football at UMass.

Professional career

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Santos-Knox was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after driving nine hours with his father to a tryout camp which his father had found in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2] He started his rookie season on special teams but by the end of the regular season was a starting linebacker and was being praised by coach Mike O'Shea and media for big plays at big moments of games.[3] After recording 10 tackles and 3 sacks against Toronto on July 27, 2018, Santos-Knox was named the CFL's third star of the week.[4]

Edmonton Eskimos

Santos-Knox spent the 2019 season with the Edmonton Eskimos where he played in three regular season games. After the CFL canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he chose to opt-out of his contract with the Edmonton Eskimos on August 27, 2020.[5]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On February 6, 2021, it was announced that Santos-Knox had signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[6]

Ottawa Redblacks

On February 7, 2023, it was announced that Santos-Knox had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Jovan Santos-Knox bio". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Ken Wiebe (May 28, 2018). "Nine-hour drive changed Santos-Knox's life Blue Bombers linebacker thankful for father's encouragement". Winnipeg Sun.
  3. ^ Mike Sawatzky (September 29, 2017). "Rookie lining himself up for success". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Russ Hobson (July 31, 2018). "Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Jovan Santos-Knox named top performer of the week". Global News.
  5. ^ "Edmonton football team releases LB Jovan Santos-Knox". August 27, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign free agent linebacker Santos-Knox". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ottawa Redblacks agree to terms with veteran LB Jovan Santos-Knox". 3downnation. Ottawa Redblacks. February 7, 2023. Retrieved February 7, 2023.