Strickland played five seasons in the CFL, splitting his time between BC and Saskatchewan. He joined the Lions in 1975, at a time when BC generally employed two import running backs in the backfield. Strickland played just 3 games in 1975, and then teamed with Loou Harris in the BC backfield for 1976. In 1976, Strickland had his first of two thousand yards seasons rushng as he ran for 119 yard and caught 33 passes for another 358 yards. Strickland finished second n the West in rushing behind JIm Washington of Winnipeg and was named to the West All-Star team. Strickland's production slipped in 1977 to 751 yards, and perhaps more importantly, his average gain per carry sdropped from a respectable 5.0 to a poor 3.7. On the positive side Strickland set a new career high in catches with 44 for 382 yards. Strickland joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1978 and rebounded from his off season to run for 1306 yards with a 4.9 yard average to lead the West in rushing and win both Western and All-Canadian honours. The good year / bad year scenario played itself out again, however, in 1978 as Strickland dropped to 770 yards rushing with a 4.4 yard average. Strickland finished his up and down CFL career with 4179 yards rushing.