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Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije
Idonije at training camp, 2008
CaptionIdonije at training camp, 2008
Width300
CurrentteamChicago Bears
Currentnumber71
CurrentpositionplainDefensive End
Birth DateNovember 17, 1980(age 35)
Birth PlaceLagos, Nigeria
CountryNigeria/Canada
Heightft6
Heightin6
Weight270
Debutyear2004
DebutteamChicago Bears
Highlights *Led NFL in blocked punts/fields goals in 2005, 2006, 2007 *2009 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient
CollegeManitoba
Cfldraftyear2003
Cfldraftround2
Cfldraftpick17
CfldraftedteamOttawa Renegades
Undraftedyear2003
Pastteams * Cleveland Browns (2003)* * Chicago Bears (2004-present) :*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
StatusActive
Statweek8
Statseason2010
Statlabel1Tackles
Statvalue1145
Statlabel2Sacks
Statvalue212.5
Statlabel3INTs
Statvalue30
NflIDO444955

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Israel Idonije (born November 17, 1980) is a Nigerian-Canadian defensive end for the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Manitoba. A draft pick of the now defunct Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League, for whom he never played, Idonije spent the start 2003 season on the Cleveland Browns' practice squad prior to his release in September. He was subsequently signed to the Bears' practice squad for the final six weeks of the season.


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