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|Height: 6.02||Born: Libreville, Gabon|
|Weight: 238||College: Idaho|
|Birthdate: 1986-01-30||Years: 6 BC / 6 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.
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: 81; Playoff: 7; Grey Cup: 1
2008-2012: Rolly signed a contract extension prior to the end of the 2010 season and has now played 81 games for the Lions over five seasons including a current streak of 45 in a row. He has been with the Lions for five seasons in two stints and started off as a rookie in 2008 with some important mid-season action on short yardage downs. Over five years, he has logged 56 special teams tackles. Rolly moved into the starting lineup at fullback in Week 4 of 2009 where he remained for the rest of the year.
Rolly left the club after his sophomore season, signing as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL in January 2010. He played in all four pre-season games, but was released in September 2010 and returned to the Leos.
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.