Henoc Muamba

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Henoc Muamba
No. 10 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Kinshasa, Zaire
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Father Michael Goetz Secondary School
College: St. Francis Xavier
CFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 6
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Touchdowns: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at CFL.ca

Henoc Muamba (born February 23, 1989) is a Congolese-born Canadian gridiron football player who is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2011 CFL Draft, becoming the first player from St. Francis Xavier University to be chosen first overall in the draft. He played CIS football with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.

Professional career[edit]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

In the Canadian Football League’s Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings, he was ranked as the best player for players eligible in the 2011 CFL Draft, and last by players in the CIS.[1] On May 6, 2011, a Winnipeg Blue Bombers source leaked the Blue Bombers' intentions to select Muamba with the first overall pick in the 2011 CFL Draft.[2] To no surprise, Muamba was indeed selected first overall by Winnipeg in the draft and was signed to his first professional contract on May 30, 2011.[3]

After playing mostly special teams in his first year in the league, Muamba became a very significant part of the Bombers defense in 2012. He recorded 65 tackles and 3 sacks, adding another 20 tackles on special teams. Muamba built upon the strong 2012 season he had with an even better 2013 season. He set a new career high with 106 tackles (2nd most in the league), while also adding 1 quarterback sack, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and 1 defensive touchdown. His outstanding 2013 campaign was recognized by the Blue Bombers as he was unanimously voted as the team's Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Canadian.

On February 5, 2014, Muamba was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to pursue an NFL contract.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On February 6, 2014, Muamba signed with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.[4] He was waived on September 5, 2015.[5]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On September 30 2015, Muamba signed with the Montreal Alouettes nearing the end of the 2015 CFL season.[6] Muamba played in 4 games for the Alouettes, contributing 14 tackles and 1 interception. On February 16, 2016, Muamba was released by the Alouettes to once again pursue his NFL interets.[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Muamba signed with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL on July 30, 2016.[8] He was released by the Cowboys on the final 53-man cut down day September 2, 2016.[9]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On October 5, 2016, Muamba and the Saskatchewan Roughriders agree to terms on a contract bringing him back to the CFL for the third time.

Personal life[edit]

Muamba was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.[10] He played college football for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and is the school's all-time leader in tackles, with 149.5.[11] His brother, Cauchy Muamba, is a safety for the Edmonton Eskimos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/05/bombers-have-their-man
  3. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/bombers-sign-first-overall-pick-muamba Bombers sign first overall pick Muamba
  4. ^ "Report: Former Bomber Muamba signs with Colts". TSN.ca. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Make Roster Moves". blogs.colts.com. September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Zurkowsky, Herb (September 30, 2015). "Alouettes bring linebacker Henoc Muamba into the fold". montrealgazette.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Alouettes release linebacker Henoc Muamba". cfl.ca. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Canadian linebacker Henoc Muamba signs NFL deal with Cowboys - Sportsnet.ca". Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  9. ^ Hodge, John (2016-09-04). "CFL landing spots for the final NFL cuts". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  10. ^ "Bombers release NFL-bound Henoc Muamba". Mississauga.com. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Indianapolis Colts sign LB-Henoc Muamba". Colts.com. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.