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|Height: 6.02||Born: Libreville, Gabon|
|Weight: 238||College: Idaho|
|Birthdate: 1986-01-30||Years: 8 BC / 8 CFL|
After appearing in every game from his freshman season on at Idaho, the Lions drafted the fullback in the 2nd round of the 2008 CFL Draft (9th overall).
Choosing to exercise his option clause, Rolly signed with the Miami Dolphins and attended training camp with the NFL club. Following his release from Miami, Rolly rejoined the Lions and signed a contract extension in October 2010.
2014: Appearing in all 18 regular season games for the sixth time in his career, Rolly continued his steady play as a blocking back and special teams ace. While his carries out of the backfield were limited to five touches for six yards, Rolly did record a career-high 14 receptions for 125 yards. He also pushed his career special teams tackles total to 83 with eight on the season.
2013: Rolly played all 18 regular season games last season for the fifth time in his CFL career and stretched his consecutive games-played streak to 63. Seeing more time on special teams, he led the club for the first time in his career with 19 tackles, 14 more than he had in 2012. On offence, Rolly continued his key blocking role for Andrew Harris and Stefan Logan and had four carries himself for 31 yards including a career-high 29-yard dash recorded against Edmonton on July 13.
2012: Rolly played all 18 games last season for the fourth time in his CFL career. A key element in the Lions’ running game as lead blocker, he also carried the ball six times for 32 yards and a TD (Sept. 15/12 vs Tor). In limited offensive time, Rolly registered career-highs of seven receptions for 66 yards including a 21-yard catch vs Saskatchewan in the regular season finale. On special teams, Rolly chipped in with five tackles.
2011: Rolly played all 18 games last season seeing time as the Lions’ primary blocking back and as one of the leading special teams stars. In the latter role, he was fifth on the club with 12 special team tackles. On offence, he carried the ball three times for six yards and one TD, and grabbed three passes for another 28 yards. Rolly also played in the Western Final and Grey Cup game.
Games Played: Career: 117 Playoff: 9 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2008-2014: A veteran presence for the club both on and off the field, Rolly has become one of the longest-serving players on the active roster after being drafted by the Lions in 2010. A talented blocking back and special teams leader, he has now logged 117 regular season games heading into his eighth year as a pro which places him in the top 50 among all-time Leos.
Rolly hasn’t missed a game in four seasons and prior to that, his absence from the Lions roster was due to an NFL tryout with the Miami Dolphins. Notching a career-high 14 receptions for 125 yards in 2014, Rolly continues to evolve as an offensive weapon will adding to his tackle total on special teams which now stands at 83.
Lumbala enjoyed a productive career at Idaho, appearing in every regular season game for the Vandals since his freshman season in 2004. Used primarily as a blocking back, the Calgary-native had eight catches for 67 yards in his senior year.
Rolly was a Sport Science major at Idaho and has four siblings (two sisters and two brothers). In addition to football, Rolly also played basketball in high school and still enjoys playing the sport during his spare time. A football player since the age of 12, Rolly notes 2011’s Grey Cup win as his fondest memory but hasn’t forgotten about his pro debut in Calgary in front of family and friends in 2008.
In 2011, Rolly took part in the CFLPA’s Huddle for Haiti project and spends most days working at Husky House, a local foster home for at-risk youth. When not actively participating in the club’s off-season community programs, you’ll most likely find Rolly at the movie theatre.