Former Eskimos O-lineman Kabongo settling in with B.C. Lions

Patrick Kabongo during pre-season action against the Eskimos in June. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

Patrick Kabongo during pre-season action against the Eskimos in June. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

Listed at six-foot-six and 364 pounds, Patrick Kabongo is the big dog of the CFL.

And joining the B.C. Lions following their 2011 Grey Cup championship, the offensive lineman showed he could run with the top dogs by learning some new tricks — which isn't easy for a veteran who was entering his ninth CFL season at the time.

Especially one who had outstayed his welcome with the Edmonton Eskimos, where he spent eight years before age, performance and salary caught up with him and he was released in January 2012.

“In this game, you tend to kind of look at an old dog and think you're not really going to change it, he's been a professional player for the eight years he's been an offensive lineman in this league” said Lions head coach Mike Benevides. “So that's not the norm, but when you have an environment, when you have an individual that really wants to …

“The only change I've seen is him is really morph into a different type of player.”


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