The BC Lions have announced that hulking and jovial offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo has retired, bringing his 10 year CFL to an end at the age of 34. The gentle giant who always seemed to be the biggest player on any of his teams thanks to his six foot six, 365 pound frame, appeared in 33 regular season games and two more in the post-season for the Lions after joining the club during training camp in 2012. The Native of Kinshasa, Zaire spent the previous eight seasons in Edmonton appearing in 121 games for the Eskimos where he won a Grey Championship in 2005 and later earned a West Division All-Star nod in 2008. Kabongo was originally selected by the Ottawa Renegades in the third round of the 2003 CFL draft following his time as a defensive tackle for the University of Nebraska in the early 2000’s.
Note: BC Lions training camp opens on Sunday, June 1st in Kamloops, BC.