January 30, 2009

Bombers welcome back Obby Khan

CFL.ca Staff

WINNIPEG — The 2008 Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award winner, offensive lineman Ibrahim (Obby) Khan, has re-signed with the Winnipeg Football Club today.

As per team policy, details of the agreement are not disclosed.

Khan (6-3, 270, Simon Fraser ’04, DOB: Oct. 8, 1980 in Ottawa, ON) battled his way back from health ailments to return to the football field in 2008.

“We’re glad to have Obby back because he adds depth to our offensive line, and character and leadership to some of the young guys on our line,” said Head Coach Mike Kelly.

Khan enters his sixth year in the league, and fourth with the Blue Bombers. The versatile offensive lineman can play both guard and center.

Khan dressed for five games last season, making his debut in week five against the Calgary Stampeders. Although it was limited, his return to the active roster was uplifting for his teammates and his fans, who appreciated what Khan overcame.

“Obby’s the type of guy we want in our locker room and in our community,” said Kelly.

Winner of the 2008 Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award, Khan brings a positive presence to the locker room and sidelines for the younger players on the club.

The annual award recognizes a Blue Bomber player for their excellence in combining football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community, something that Khan is known for doing.

He has been a fixture in community appearances and off-field efforts for various charitable organizations across the city, province and country. Khan became a spokesperson for the Canadian Red Cross, was the honourary chair for a gala event for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and has contributed to the Never Alone Foundation.

Khan was Winnipeg’s first pick (2nd overall) in the 2006 Ottawa player dispersal draft.