Former Stampeders star Mike Labinjo dies

Former Stampeders star Mike Labinjo dies
Former Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo dies at 38
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Mikes death,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel in a news release. “He was a big man with a big personality to match and he was a key part of our Grey Cup championship team in 2008. The team offers its condolences to Mikes family and friends.”

He was drafted by the Stamps in 2003 and joined them in 2007 after a stint in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. 

Labinjo, a Toronto native, played for the Spartans from 2000-03. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and named the teams defensive MVP in 2003. Labinjo led Michigan State in sacks in 2001 with five and tied for team lead in interceptions in 2003 with three. He ranks ninth in program history in tackles for a loss with 35.

In 44 games with the Stampeders from 2007 to 2010, the Toronto native recorded 61 defensive tackles including nine tackles for loss, seven special-teams tackles, six sacks, seven knockdowns and two fumble recoveries.

Although he wasnt selected in the NFL draft, Labinjo spent three years in the league (2004-06) and had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. He played 10 career games, including a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots as rookie, and finished with 19 tackles and a forced fumble.

Former Michigan State LB Mike Labinjo dies at age 38

Labinjo was a member of Calgary Grey Cup winning team in 2008 and starred in college at Michigan State. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Mikes death,” Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in statement released by the team. “He was a big man with a big personality to match and he was a key part of our Grey Cup championship team in 2008. The team offers its condolences to Mikes family and friends.”

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Mike’s death,” said John Hufnagel, Stampeders president and general manager, in a news release.

“He was a big man with a big personality to match and he was a key part of our Grey Cup championship team in 2008,” he added. “The team offers its condolences to Mike’s family and friends.”

According to the Stampeders, Labinjo continued to live in Calgary after his football career ended and worked for Solengo Capital and FirstService Residential.

Labinjo, a Toronto native, played four seasons with the Stampeders after a three year career in the NFL.

Mike Labinjo, a former standout Michigan State linebacker who went on to play in both the NFL and CFL, has died. He was 38 years old.

He was drafted by Calgary in 2003 but later headed south of the border to play a total of 10 games for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts.

Labinjos death was announced Saturday evening by his former CFL team, the Calgary Stampeders. The cause of death was not announced.

Mike Labinjo, sporting #42, was a “standout in the 2008 West final win over the BC Lions,” the Calgary Stampeders said on Saturday.

He joined the Stampeders in 2007 and stayed with the team until 2010. In 44 games with the team, the defensive lineman recorded 61 defensive tackles including nine tackles for loss, seven special-teams tackles, six sacks, seven knockdowns and two fumble recoveries.

In a news release, the red and white said Labinjo was a standout in the 2008 West final win over the BC Lions, recording three sacks and a forced fumble plus making two touchdown-saving stops as part of a critical goal-line stand.

Labinjo stayed in Calgary after his playing career, working at Solengo Capital and FirstService Residential.