Heart of a Lion

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NFL Canada

Israel Idonije, a Canadian now in his 10th NFL season, is being recognized once again for his efforts off the field.

The former University of Manitoba Bison was honoured as an “Everyday Sportsman of the Year” in Sports Illustrated’s annual issue recognizing the world’s most impactful sportsmen and women.

“The majority of athletes have a giving heart, but what happens is third parties get in the way,” former Bear Adewale Ogunleye told Sport Illustrated’s Robert Klemko. “The difference between Izzy and 90% of guys who give is he is completely hands-on. You’re never going to hear about someone taking advantage of the Isreal Idonije Foundation.”

The 6-foot-6 defensive end played only one year of high school football before joining the CIS University of Manitoba Bisons in the late 1990s. In 2003 he began his NFL career when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns. After ten…

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One Response to Heart of a Lion

  1. brianfindlaynfl says:

    Thanks for helping share this good news NFL/Canadian football story

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