Making History

Making History

Indianapolis Colt Henoc Muamba, a linebacker from Mississauga, is about to become the first St. Francis Xavier X-Man to play in the NFL

When former St. Francis Xavier X-Men linebacker Henoc Muamba was named to the Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster in August, he put himself in position to become the first AUS graduate to play in the NFL since Halifax’s Steve Morley.

According to Halifax Chronicle Herald reporter Monty Mosher, Morley was an offensive lineman at Saint Mary’s who played special teams for the New York Jets in 2005. Prior to Morley Jerome Pathon, a B.C. native who was CIS rookie of the year with the Acadia Axemen in 1993, played in the NFL from 1998 to 2005. Former Saint Mary’s punter Ken Clark played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1979.

The 25-year-old Muamba played three seasons in the CFL before signing with the Colts as a free agent.

The 6-foot, 242-pound linebacker recorded 17 tackled during the preseason, including 10 in his first game against the Jets.

According to Mosher Muamba, who was born in Congo, didn’t take up football until he was 16. He didn’t want to get hurt and preferred basketball.

He didn’t become a linebacker until he played at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish. He went on to become a three-time all-Canadian.

• Played four years (2007-2010) at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
• Is the school’s all-time career leader in tackles (149.5) and ranks fourth overall on the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference’s all-time career list.
• As a senior in 2010, recorded 63 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
• Was named the AUS Defensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2010 and was honored with the President’s Trophy in 2010 for the top defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
• Was a three-time CIS All-Canadian and AUS Defensive All-Star.
• Participated in the 2010 East-West Bowl, which features the top CFL prospects each year.

• Spent his prep years at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.
• Is a native of Zaire, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.
• His brother, Cauchy Muamba, is a safety for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Henoc Muamba  (AP)

Henoc Muamba (AP)