The 2009 Canadian Football League season started on July 1 with the Manitoba Bisons football team contributing numerous alumni throughout the league.
There are seven former Bisons on active CFL rosters and one Bison on injured roster (plus two former Bisons as a CFL coach) for the beginning of the 2009 season.
Overall, there are former Bisons players in five of the eight teams in the league. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the most Bison alumni with three players (plus one former Bison coach) while the Calgary Stampeders has two former Bisons each on their 46 person lineup.
The newest Bisons addition to an active CFL roster was defensive lineman Don Oramasionwu who made the Blue Bombers roster. He was selected as a 2008 CIS Second Team All-Canadian plus 2008 Canada West All-Star with the Bisons and also chosen by Winnipeg in the fifth round (39th overall) in the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft.
In addition, defensive back Brady Browne made the Blue Bombers active roster after starting last season on the B.C. Lions practice roster. Browne earned 2007 CIS All-Canadian Second Team status and was 2007 Canada West All-Star.
“We are always proud and thrilled to see so many former Bisons make the CFL active roster and especially that three Bisons made the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season,” said Bison football head coach Brian Dobie. “It is always exciting when new Bisons make their first active roster and we congratulate both Donny and Brady in their accomplishment and this shows the impact and strong connection with the Bisons program and the CFL.”
Former Bisons Currently Playing Professional Football (as of June 25/09)
(WR) Markus Howell - Calgary Stampeders
(DB) Wes Lysack - Calgary Stampeders
(DE) Justin Cooper - Edmonton Eskimos
(LB) Cory Huclack - Montreal Alouettes (injured roster)
(K) Jamie Boreham - Saskatchewan Roughriders
(DB) Brady Browne - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(OL) Lorne Plante - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
(DL) Don Oramasionwu - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Bobby Dyce - Winnipeg Blue Bombers (coach)
Dave Easley - Hamilton Tiger-Cats (coach)
Israel Idonije - Chicago Bears (NFL)