Odell Willis

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Odell Willis
No. 41     Edmonton Eskimos
Odell Willis on 23 September 2012.jpg
Willis rushing the QB in 2012
Date of birth (1984-12-28) December 28, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Meridian, Mississippi
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) DE
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
College West Georgia
NFL draft 2008 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
2007 Spokane Shock
2008 Peoria Pirates
2008 Green Bay Blizzard
2009 Calgary Stampeders
20092011 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders
2013–present Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2011, 2014
CFL East All-Star 2011
CFL West All-Star 2014
Career stats

Odell Willis (born December 28, 1984) is a professional Canadian football defensive lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Peoria Pirates as a street free agent in 2007. He played college football for the West Georgia Wolves.

Willis has also played for the Spokane Shock, Green Bay Blizzard, Calgary Stampeders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

College career[edit]

Willis played four seasons for the University of West Georgia and totaled 126 tackles, 20.5 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Braves. He was twice named an All-Gulf South Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]


In 2008, Willis played for the Peoria Pirates and the Green Bay Blizzard of Arena Football League 2


Calgary Stampeders[edit]

In 2009, Willis signed with the Calgary Stampeders where he recorded six sacks in his first nine games.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

He was then traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a package trade where he recorded another four sacks with the Blue Bombers. In his 2010 campaign, Willis started all 18 games and recorded 11 sacks. During the 2011 CFL season, Willis started all 18 games for the second consecutive year and set a new career high with 13 sacks. His performance earned him his first CFL East Division All-Star nod and recognition on his first CFL All-Star team a short while later.[1][2]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On March 22, 2012, Willis was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for second and fourth round picks in the 2012 CFL Draft.[3] Willis recorded 6 sacks in the 2012 CFL season.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

After not being re-signed following one season with the Roughriders, Willis signed a three-year contract with the Edmonton Eskimos on February 15, 2013 (The first day of CFL free-agency). In his first season with the Eskimos Willis played in 13 of the 18 regular season games. He would finish the season with 22 tackles, 9 quarterback sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Willis' play improved again the following season, earning himself his second CFL All-Star award and his first CFL West All-Star award. His 13 sacks put him tied for 2nd place for most sacks on the season; he also had 32 tackles, 2 interceptions (one for a touchdown) and a fumble recovery. Following the 2014 CFL season, Willis re-signed with the Eskimos.[4]


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