Mike Edem of the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Mike Edem of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is the Canada West (CW) Football Alumnus of the Month for August.

A six-year veteran of the Canadian Football League (CFL), the safety appeared in all three games this month for the Riders, racking up 11 total tackles and a fumble recovery, as Saskatchewan went 2-1 over the month to jump into third in the CFL’s West Division.

Edem’s best game of the season came in Week 11 against his former team the BC Lions, as he recorded six tackles and a fumble recovery in the Riders’ 24-21 victory.

This marks the second time in the former Calgary Dinos’ career he has won the award, which honours a former CW player now excelling professionally in the CFL. Edem previously won the award in October 2016 when he was a member of the Lions.


  • Calgary Dino product and current Saskatchewan Roughrider Mike Edem is the CW Football Alum of the Month for August
  • Edem registered 11 total tackles in three games, as the Riders went 2-1, including a win over the previously undefeated Calgary Stampeders
  • Edem played two seasons for the Dinos (2011 and 2012), winning the Hardy Cup both seasons, while being named the conference’s top defender in 2012

Acquired by Saskatchewan in a trade with BC back in May of 2017, Edem has suited up in 24 career regular season games with the Riders, racking up 60 combined tackles for the Green and White.

Edem was selected third overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2013 CFL Draft, and has played a total of 84 career CFL regular season games, registering 133 defensive tackles, 45 special teams tackles, while adding five interceptions and six sacks.

A two-year standout at the University of Calgary, Edem won Hardy Cups in 2011 and 2012 during the Dinos’ string of six consecutive conference championships (2008-13). Over his two CW seasons in the Stampede City, Edem registered 91 total tackles, including 55 in 2012 when he was named the conference’s top defensive player.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Edem grew up in Brampton, Ont. where attended St. Edmund Campion Secondary School.

You can watch Edem in action this Sunday at 1 p.m. CST when the Riders host July’s CW Football Alum of the Month Nic Demski and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Labour Day Classic from Mosaic Stadium.