Calgary siblings do south

WES GILBERTSON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Calgary Dinos running back Steven Lumbala scored a getaway to Florida.

His older brother, Rolly, is hoping to make the Sunshine State his permanent home.

Fresh off his second season with the B.C. Lions, Rolly Lumbala inked a free-agent contract with the NFL's Miami Dolphins yesterday, just hours before his speedy sibling was selected to suit up for Team World in an under-19 exhibition showdown against Team USA in Fort Lauderdale as part of the Pro Bowl festivities.

Not a bad morning for the former St. Francis Browns stars and one of Calgary's leading football families.

"Yeah, it's pretty exciting," Steven said. "I'm really proud of my brother. He's definitely one of the hardest-working people I know and I really hope he succeeds.

"And making Team World, that's a big opportunity for me ... This is huge exposure, because we get to play in front of some of the top NFL players, NFL coaches, and it's going to be on NFL Network. It's a huge, hyped-up game."

If Rolly Lumbala, 23, can turn some heads during Dolphins training camp, every one of his games will be broadcast on NFL Network next season.

The bruising fullback also auditioned for the Dolphins two years ago, but he was eventually released and joined the Lions. Rolly registered only six rushing attempts and one touchdown in his sophomore season, although he finished second on the squad with 22 special-team tackles on punt-return and kickoff coverage. Now, he's hoping to follow the footsteps of former Lions defensive lineman Cameron Wake, who is earning his paycheques at Dolphin Stadium this season.

"It means a lot. You ask anybody, why wouldn't you take that chance?" he said. "I'm just going to go out there and compete and see where the chips may fall.

"I know that I've signed and that's great, but I've got a lot of work to do and I'm well aware of the process."

The Pittsburgh Steelers also expressed some interest in the former Idaho Vandals rushing standout, but he opted for a two-year contract offer from the Fish.

While the signing won't be front-page news in Miami, Steven believes his brother has all the tools to make a splash with the Dolphins.

"I never doubted his capability to play with some of the best," Steven said. "He's a really good football player and his work ethic is second to none. I'm definitely lucky to have a role model like him."

Steven is certainly proving football prowess runs in the family. The 18-year-old was one of few freshmen to see substantial playing time with the Canada West champion Dinos last season. As a sidekick to all-star running back Matt Walter, he racked up 462 rushing yards -- including 206 in four playoff tilts --and scored six touchdowns.

Team World is comprised of players from eight different nations. Although the bulk of the athletes hail from Canada, Steven will also line up with players from American Samoa, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Sweden.

Team World and Team USA will meet Jan. 30 at Lockhart Field, which is also the site of Pro Bowl practices.


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