Ty Cranston
No. 33     Ottawa Redblacks
Cranston with the Redblacks in 2022
Born: (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 29)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Defensive back
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
High schoolSt. Paul's High
CFL Draft2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 56
Drafted byMontreal Alouettes
Career history
As player
2017Montreal Alouettes*
20182021Montreal Alouettes
2022–presentOttawa Redblacks
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats

Ty Cranston (born June 17, 1994) is a professional Canadian football defensive back for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Amateur career

Cranston played U Sports football for the Ottawa Gee-Gees from 2013 to 2017.[1][2] He played in 30 regular season games with the team where he had 129 defensive tackles.[3]

Professional career

Montreal Alouettes

Cranston was drafted in the seventh round, 56th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2017 CFL Draft and signed with the team on May 19, 2017.[4] He attended training camp with the team that year, but returned to the Gee-Gees to finished his U Sports eligibility. Following the end of the 2017 U Sports football season, Cranston re-signed with the Alouettes to a three-year contract on March 14, 2018.[5]

Cranston began the 2018 Montreal Alouettes season on the suspended list before moving to the practice roster.[6] He then made his regular season professional debut on September 30, 2018, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he had one special teams tackle. He played in the rest of the team's games that year and finished with three special teams tackles in five regular season games.[7]

In 2019, Cranston made the team's opening day roster where he recorded his first defensive tackle against the Edmonton Eskimos on June 14, 2019.[7] He played in 16 regular season games in 2019 where he had nine defensive tackles and 13 special teams tackles.[7] He also started two games at safety, including his first career start on June 28, 2019, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. However, he was injured near the end of the season and sat out the last game of the year as well as the team's East Semi-Final playoff game.[8]

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Cranston did not play that year. As a pending free agent, he re-signed with the Alouettes on December 15, 2020.[9] He entered the 2021 season as the team's starting safety and recorded a career-high six defensive tackles in the team's opening game against the Edmonton Elks.[3][10] He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 8, 2022.[11]

Ottawa Redblacks

On February 8, 2022, it was announced that Cranston had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[12]

Personal life

Cranston's brother, Cody, also played at the defensive back position for the Ottawa Gee-Gees and was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes two years after Ty was drafted.[13]


  1. ^ "Ty Cranston". Ottawa Gee-Gees. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Montreal Alouettes sign Cranston to three-year deal". Fulcrum. March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Zurkowsky, Herb (July 20, 2021). "Montreal Alouettes sign Cranston to three-year deal". Montreal Gazette.
  4. ^ "Alouettes lock up all 8 from 2017 draft class". Canadian Football League. May 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Alouettes lock up all 8 from 2017 draft class". Montreal Alouettes. March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Ty Cranston". Montreal Alouettes. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "2019 Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Montreal Alouettes sign return specialist, Quebec-born defensive lineman". Toronto Star. December 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Montreal Alouettes vs Edmonton Elks Play by play". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  11. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  12. ^ "Redblacks ink D-Linemen Boateng & Mauldin and defensive back Ty Cranston". Ottawa Redblacks. February 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "Training camp report – Day 5". Montreal Alouettes. May 24, 2019.