Former Calgary Stampeders linebacker Mike Labinjo has died on the age of 38.
The staff, who Labinjo performed for from 2007-10, confirmed Labinjo’s demise on Saturday. His reason behind demise was not instantly out there.
“We’re deeply saddened to be taught of Mike’s demise,” John Hufnagel, Stampeders’ president and basic supervisor, mentioned in a press release. “He was a giant man, with a giant character to match and he was a key a part of our Gray Cup championship staff in 2008.
“The staff gives its condolences to Mike’s household and mates.”
The six-foot, 285-pound Toronto native performed collegiately at Michigan State (2000-03) earlier than being taken within the third spherical by Calgary within the 2003 CFL draft. Throughout his school soccer profession, Labinjo was an honorable point out All-Huge Ten choice and named the Spartans’ defensive MVP in 2003.
As a substitute of heading to the CFL, Labinjo signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004. He performed within the staff’s 24-21 Tremendous Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
Labinjo was launched by the Eagles throughout the ’05 season and later joined joined the Indianapolis Colts, earlier than ending the marketing campaign with the Miami Dolphins.
He was launched by Miami on the finish of the season and re-signed with Indianapolis within the low season, however was let go in Might 2007.
In all, Labinjo appeared in 10 profession NFL video games, registering 19 tackles and a pressured fumble.
Key participant in Gray Cup win
Labinjo joined the Stampeders on July 16, 2007 and picked up two tackles and 4 special-teams tackles in six video games earlier than struggling a season-ending elbow damage.
The next season, Labinjo had 5 sacks, tying him for the staff lead with Canadian Miguel Robede and Charleston Hughes. He additionally had 33 regular-season tackles, and registered eight tackles and three sacks in Calgary’s 22-18 win over B.C. within the West Division ultimate.
Labinjo was additionally a key determine for Calgary in its 22-14 Gray Cup win over Montreal with three tackles, one sack and 4 move deflections.
The Stampeders dealt Labinjo to Montreal on Jan. 12, 2011 for future concerns, however the Alouettes voided the deal every week later amid considerations of an elbow operation Labinjo had undergone.
Calgary launched Labinjo on Might 11, 2011, ending his professional soccer profession.
Labinjo appeared in 44 profession video games with Calgary, recording 61 tackles (9 for a loss), seven special-teams tackles, six sacks, seven knockdowns and two fumble recoveries.
The Stampeders mentioned Labinjo remained within the Alberta metropolis following his soccer profession, working at Solengo Capital and FirstService Residential.