Retired NFL’er Idonije honoured by Canada West

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Manitoba Bisons star enters CW Hall of Fame after making big impact on and off the field

One of the University of Manitoba’s most famous alums, Israel Idonije has entered the Canada West Hall of Fame.

Idonije, who starred on the gridiron for the Bisons between 1998 and 2002, was inducted Tuesday, as the conference continues to commemorate the 100th anniversary of university sport in Western Canada.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Brandon, Man., Idonije joined the Bisons with just one season of football under his belt before eventually blossoming into an NFLer.

Idonije played a decade in the NFL, spending nine seasons in Chicago (2004-2012) before finishing his playing career with Detroit in 2013.

While he made an impact on the field playing 149 career games, his lasting legacy comes off the field through his charitable work, which has helped communities in Winnipeg, Chicago and West Africa.

To read more about Idonije’s outstanding career, click here.