Maxime Rouyer
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Rouyer with the Lions in 2022
No. 32 – BC Lions
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-16) July 16, 1994 (age 29)
Troyes, France
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
CFL Draft:2019 Euro / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Roster status:1-Game Injured
CFL status:Global
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ELF (2022)
Career CFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:18
Special teams tackles:4
Player stats at

Maxime Rouyer (born July 16, 1994) is a French professional gridiron football linebacker for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has also played for the Edmonton Elks of the CFL and the Panthers Wrocław of the European League of Football (ELF).

College career

Born in Troyes, where he started practicing gridiron football with Pygargues de Troyes when he was sixteen, Rouyer moved to Canada and started playing Canadian football, first, two seasons at the Cégep de Jonquière. He then played U Sports football from 2015 to 2018, for the McGill Redmen, while also earning a major in Physical Education & Health.[1][2] During his time as a linebacker for the Redmen, Rouyer played 23 games and recorded 103 total tackles and 4.5 quarterback sacks.[3]

Professional career

Edmonton Eskimos / Elks

Rouyer was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos as the fourth overall selection of the 2019 European CFL Draft and was signed by the team on May 16, 2019.[4][5] He made the team's active roster following training camp and made his professional debut on June 14, 2019, against the Montreal Alouettes.[3] Rouyer played in 17 regular season games and was credited with three special teams tackles, as well as both playoff games where he recorded another special teams tackle.[3] In the final regular season game of the year, Rouyer and teammate Diego Viamontes became the first Global teammates to be active in the same game.[3]

Rouyer did not play in 2020 following the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season. He re-signed with Edmonton on a contract extension through 2021 on December 26, 2020.[6] He played in one regular season in 2021 where he had one special teams tackle. He was released on February 28, 2022.[7]

Panthers Wrocław

On May 19, 2022, the Panthers Wrocław announced that Rouyer had joined their 2022 roster.[8] He had 89 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries, including one that he returned for a touchdown.[9]

BC Lions

Following the end of the Panthers' 2022 season, Rouyer signed with the BC Lions on September 14, 2022.[10]


  1. ^ "Maxime Rouyer, le petit frère français des Eskimos". Radio Canada (in French). 4 June 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  2. ^ "Maxime Rouyer". Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "Maxime Rouyer". BC Lions. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  4. ^ "Full results from the first ever European draft". Canadian Football League. April 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Trevor Harris restructures contract with Edmonton". Canadian Football League. December 26, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  8. ^ @pantherswroclaw (May 19, 2022). "Our roster is back to full strength with Maxime Rouyer, who spent his last seasons in Canada after being selected with number 4 in the 2019 Global Draft" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "BC Lions sign French LB Maxime Rouyer". American Football International. September 14, 2022.
  10. ^ "Lions Add Global Linebacker Maxime Rouyer To Practice Squad". BC Lions. September 14, 2022.