Calgary realtor forges a career in real estate and football

Since July 2021, Ryan Sceviour has been juggling a career as a realtor with his professional football career as an all-star offensive lineman with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

After getting his license, Sceviour joined the team at RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) in Calgary. He’s with the Connect Real Estate Group along with Pat Hare, Nick Profeta, Albert Mah and Heather Profeta.

“Real estate was something I found interesting. Over COVID, I had a lot of free time honestly and I used that time to get the course done and went from there. It was something I enjoyed doing,” said Sceviour.

“I think the best decision I made was actually joining a team. So when I need the time to focus on football I can get the help from them.”

During the football season, the CFL veteran was able to continue working as a realtor squeezing out time between football practices and meetings to buy and sell homes.

“With football being such a big roster, you’ve got 50-60 guys on a team, I learned really well how to kind of work with different personalities and how to interact with people like that,” said Sceviour.

“So when it comes to real estate that’s probably the biggest part. There’s very few personality types I haven’t met already so I kind of know how to interact with people and where they’re coming from. It’s easier for me to get a good idea of where their perspective is coming from because of that.”

Sceviour has Calgary in his blood – born here and educated at Bowness High School in the northwest part of the city. He played four seasons at the University of Calgary (2014-17) and dressed in 43 games in his career. He was named a second-team all-Canadian in 2016 and 2017. His 22 reps on the bench press at the 2018 CFL draft combine tied for third among all players. 

He was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2018 CFL draft and signed with the Stampeders on May 14, 2018. His first CFL game was September 8, 2018 at Edmonton. 

The official Stampeders’ media guide lists him at six feet four inches tall and weighing 311 pounds.

While the Stampeders won’t be participating in the upcoming Grey Cup this weekend, it has been a banner postseason for Sceviour as he was named a West Division all-star for his stellar performance during the 2022 CFL season.

“It feels good. It’s just one of those things where you put a lot of time into it. Especially playing the position I play as offensive lineman, you’re not somebody who gets a lot of publicity. It’s nice to be recognized for my accomplishments for sure,” he said.

While the Stamps’ season ended in the Western semi-final with a loss to the BC Lions, it has been a very big postseason for the Calgary team. The biggest news was the team trading the rights to star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – a player Sceviour played in front of for four seasons.

“I’m excited for Bo. He wants a shot to start somewhere and he deserves it too. I mean he’s been a top guy in the league for who knows how long. I’m excited for him and I hope he gets a shot and overall it works out.”

The Grey Cup this year is in Regina on Sunday November 20 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers meeting the Toronto Argonauts and while Sceviour won’t be there this year he will certainly be paying close attention.

“It would be nice for a different team to win other than Winnipeg. So I think I’m rooting for Toronto this year,” he quipped.

Sceviour is planning to play football again next season.

As Sceviour now turns his attention to real estate, his mission is simple: “I grew up in Calgary so I feel like I know this city pretty well. Just trying to find places for people to live.”

(Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran of the media industry for more than 40 years and named in 2021 a Top Ten Business Journalist in the world and only Canadian)

CALGARY, AB – SEPTEMBER 2, 2019: The Calgary Stampeders won 25-9 against the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium on Monday afternoon’s Labour Day Classic game. (Photo by Candice Ward/Calgary Stampeders)