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PATRICK KABONGO IS REBORN WITH BC LIONS
July 18, 2013


Patrick Kabongo
Patrick Kabongo

Veteran offfensive lineman Patrick Kabongo feels like he has been reborn. After eight stellar seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, Patrick weighed over 400 pounds and was known for a tendancy to clutch and grab opponents, which could lead to holding penalties.

After being let go by he Esks in 2012, he was picked up by the BC Lions initially as a stop-gap measure to replace some of their injured linemen.

However, he performed really well, responded tremendously to new playing-style directives from coach Dan Dorazio, using some creative coaching techniques. He also dropped over 50 pounds and was recently named as the Lions' starting left guard for the 2014 season. Way to go, Patrick! You can read an article from the Vancouver Sun.

Then, in an even more recent article printed in the Calgary Herald on July 18, 2013, writer Angus Reid painted an excellent and detailed profile of Patrick's career in Edmonton and his remarkable comeback since joining the BC Lions. Read it in full.

Previous stories:

April 5, 2013
Patrick Kabongo
 has signed a contract extension with the CFL's BC Lions. Patrick makes his offseason home in Edmonton where he played eight years, The veteran offensive guard enters his 10th CFL season in 2013 and has played in 136 regular season games along with six playoff matches. Kabongo was originally signed by the Lions just days into training camp last year and went on to appear in 15 regular season games including five as a starter in the final weeks of the 2012 campaign. While with the Edmonton Eskimos, Patrick was given the unique honour of winning the David Boone Community Service Award for two consecutive years. He was also a repeat nominee for the CFLPA (CFL PLayer's Association) Tom Pate Award, which is given to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community.

Feb. 23, 2013
Vanier Cheetah alum and star lineman for the B.C Lions Patrick Kabongo gave a speech to the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon on February 25th. He discussed his own rich experiences in the business of professional sports. Read the story. Patrick left the Edmonton Eskimos after a long career there, and is now a starter for the BC Lions. Read an article on his transition from Esk to Lion. Click here.


Older stories:

KABONGO AWARDED 2ND STRAIGHT DAVID BOONE
AWARD FOR HIS COMMUNITY WORK IN EDMONTON
November 2, 2009

Patrick Kabongo was also recently presented with his second consecutive David Boone Award, which is given to recognize outstanding work in the community by a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. Congratulations, Patrick! You make us all proud.


Here's a brief recap of Patrick's early career.

2009: (Edmonton) Kabongo has 16 starts at right guard. Besides his David Boone Award, he is also the Eskimo nominee for the CFLPA's Tom Pate Award which is awarded during Grey Cup week to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community.

2008: (Edmonton) Kabongo played in all 18 games (18 starts), East Semi-Final and East Final at right guard. He was this year's recipient of the David Boone Award, voted on by his teammates, for his work in the community. He is also the 2008 Eskimo nominee for the CFLPA's Tom Pate Memorial Award which is awarded during Grey Cup week to a player for his commitment to the league, his team and his community. Patrick was named a 2008 West Division All-Star.

Career: Pat signed as an undrafted free agent April 2004 with the Detroit Lions and attended their 2004 training camp. After his release, Kabongo signed with Ottawa and was added to the practice roster. He was then traded to Edmonton in August 2004 where he was switched to the offensive line and came off the practice roster to appear in the final game of the regular season. He played in 12 games in 2005 and 18 games in 2006. In 2007 he started all 18 games for the green and gold at right tackle and was named a CFLPA All-Star.

College/Personal: He played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and finished second among D-linemen with 62 tackles in 2002. Patrick was a two time member of Nebraska’s Brooks Berringer Citizenship Team and in 2003 was awarded the Brooks Berringer Memorial Scholarship. Pat was born in Zaire and moved to Montreal when he was a 3-year-old. In the off-season Patrick plays on the Eskimo basketball team and is active in the Stay in School program.


Patrick was previously the subject of an article in the Edmonton Sun: Read the story. We were also happy to hear in April 2008 that Patrick was honoured with a selection as a CFLPA (Canadian Football League Players Association) All-Star. Read the story. After leaving Vanier, Patrick went on to the University of Nebraska and has been a regular with the Eskimos for six seasons. He appeared with them (as well as two other Vanier Football alumni) in the 2005 Grey Cup. Read the story.



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