April 22, 2013

Canadian FB Lumbala extended by Leos

BCLions.com Staff

VANCOUVER — The BC Lions announced this morning that fullback Rolly Lumbala has signed a contract extension with the team.

“Rolly has been a very effective player for us both on special teams as well as in his role on offence, and this extension is good news for our club,” said GM and VP of football operations Wally Buono. “He’s a dedicated player on the field and a very big part of our community programs during the off-season, which demonstrates his strong leadership qualities.”

Lumbala was selected by the Lions in the second round (ninth overall) in the 2008 CFL Draft and has appeared in 81 games over the past five seasons. Seeing duty primarily on special teams where he has recorded 56 career tackles, the Idaho grad posted a career-high seven receptions for 66 yards in 2012 and added six rushes for 32 yards and a touchdown.

“Rolly plays a very significant role on our club,” said head coach Mike Benevides. “He’s a leader who does everything asked of him whether it’s on special teams or on offence and he has developed into the kind of leader we knew he would be when we drafted him.