A day in the life with Obby Khan

JULIE HORBAL -- Special to the Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

As long as a day includes half a grocery store, a lot of video games and a long walk on the beach, it has been a good one for Ibrahim Khan.

Well, that last part may be a stretch for the single 25-year-old team clown, who is playing out his first season as a Blue Bombers offensive lineman. However the first two are par for the course, and mandatory to get Ibrahim -- aka Obby -- Khan through any given Sunday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound, Khan rises every morning at the crack of dawn, and gets right down to cracking in the kitchen.

"Right when I get up, I will have four eggs, a carton of egg whites, four pieces of toast and some Eggo waffles and I'm out the door to the field by 8 a.m.," says Khan of his typical non-game day breakfast regime.

Breakfast is followed by team meetings, practices and a workout -- because "you've gotta work out to have a body like this" -- and then -- what else -- eating again.

Khan follows his mid-morning meal with a trip home, a nap and an afternoon of Star Trek and video games, then heads out with his teammates for dinner and hits the hay by 11 p.m.

By the end of a non-game day, the Bombers first pick from Ottawa's Player Dispersal Draft has a pretty good grocery list going and admits to having consumed his four-egg, egg-white carton, four toast-slice, Eggo feast, three protein shakes, two steaks and chicken breast and two cups of white rice by the end of the day.

And there is only one thing he will not touch, because of religious beliefs.

"I avoid all pig products. Absolutely no pig products," says Khan, whose family resides in Orleans, Ont.

Khan gets very strict with his intake on game days, admitting to only consuming "a couple eggs" and some fruit in the morning -- at least a full eight hours after game preparation has started.

"My game prep starts the night before," Khan says. "I stay in my room, do my own thing. I watch a lot of videos and play a lot of video games, just getting my mind right."

When game-morning comes, Khan watches more tape either while or after he eats his "light" breakfast, and then gets into the zone by playing some action-packed, killing video games -- a habit which has earned him quite the reputation in the clubhouse.

"I am the Halo champion," he boasts, referencing the near-infamous sniper game. "I am the Halo champ. Over everyone. Dan Goodspeed, you name it. I can beat anyone and that is a challenge."

After his video games, the self-proclaimed "all mighty Halo" arrives at the field, where he gets himself completely into the zone.

"I get all my equipment ready, then really kind of relax and get focused. I stretch and warm up. I stretch and warm up three times before the game actually starts. I go outside and do a warm-up and warm-up these abs," said Khan, who can say pretty much anything without breaking his deadpan expression.

The Ottawa product maintains that seriousness throughout his game and then returns back to his normal self as soon as the clock winds down.

And that normal self is a hungry one.

"I am starving post-game. Starving! I cannot wait to get out of here and eat," Khan laughs. "Usually we go to the Blue and Gold room and eat. Then I go to Earls and eat again."

Following the meals and what generally includes some time painting the town, Khan returns home for either more video games or some time spent on his newest hobby -- one he admits even surprises himself.

"I've tried this new thing called reading. It's actually quite weird how I enjoy it," he says, again with the deadpan.

Khan is currently in the midst of The Quiet Balance, a story of a war-torn Middle Eastern family, and credits his O-line mates with getting him hooked on the habit he has integrated quite heavily into his routine of games and groceries.

"This reading has taken over my hobby time," Khan says, noting there are a few other things on his to-do list.

"I like movies. I'm an action guy, a comedy guy. Anything with a good story behind it. Also walks on the beach ... actually, that's not true. One day, maybe. But I don't have anyone to do that with yet."


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