Mike Labinjo


280 lbs


6' 0"


Defensive Lineman




Jul 8th, 1980

Career Years:






Labinjo started 5 of 10 games on the defensive line. Labinjo recorded a total 16 tackles, including one tackle for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.


In his second season with the club, Labinjo started 15 games and appeared in 17 including the West Final and Grey Cup. Labinjo tied for first on the team with a career-high five sacks, was second on the team with six tackles for loss, recorded two forced fumbles and made a fumble recovery against Hamilton on Oct. 24. Labinjo had three of his five sacks against Edmonton on Sept. 5 to register a team high for the season. He added a reception for a touchdown, his first score in the CFL, against Toronto on Sept. 20 on a one-yard pass from Henry Burris. Against BC in the West Final on Nov. 15, he had eight tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, and three tackles for loss, two of which came on a critical goal-line stand. For an encore in the Grey Cup, Labinjo had three tackles and one sack and he knocked down three passes at the line of scrimmage en route to a Stamps victory. Labinjo was named CFL Canadian player of the week for Week 9 and was the CFL’s Canadian of the week and defensive player of the week for his efforts in the West Final.


Labinjo missed training camp because he was with the Indianapolis Colts and arrived in Calgary three games into the season. He made his CFL debut on July 21, 2007 against the Toronto Argonauts and played on special teams. He never cracked the starting defensive lineup but played a handful of snaps off the bench and recorded two tackles. He also had four special-teams tackles.


Recipient of the Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding senior on defense…Moved back to strong-side outside linebacker, recording a career-high 94 tackles (58 solos) with five sacks for minus 43 yards and 11.5 stops for losses of 66 yards…Also recovered two fumbles, intercepted three passes and deflected five others…Also saw action at weak-side linebacker. 2002 – (Michigan State) Played in every game, starting seven contests at middle linebacker and one game at strong-side outside linebacker…Ranked fourth on the team with 61 tackles (36 solos), a 10-yard sack, five stops for losses of 14 yards and a fumble recovery…Had an 18-yard interception return and three pass deflections. 2001 – (Michigan State) Started all year at strong-side linebacker, ranking third on the team with 64 tackles (42 solos) with five sacks for minus 42 yards, 17 stops for losses of 64 yards, 12 quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery…Twice named team Player of the Week (Notre Dame and Wisconsin). 2000 – (Michigan State) Appeared in nine games, seeing most of his action on special teams…Recorded one assisted tackle. 1999 (Michigan State) Redshirted as a freshman.


Attended St. Michael’s (Toronto, Ontario) College…Featured on Prep Star’s All-Eastern Region Team…Accounted for more than 2600 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns in 1998 for Coach Paul Forbes…Rushed for 1900 yards and 16 touchdowns in only eight games as a 13th grader…Gained over 700 yards on kick returns, taking three back for scores in ’98…Played wide receiver in 1997 and caught 50 passes for nearly 600 yards and 11 scores.


Drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the third round (25th overall) of the 2003 CFL Canadian Draft…Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 30, 2004…Released by Philadelphia on October 12, 2005…Signed to the Indianapolis Colts on October 19, 2005 but was released on December 8, 2005…Signed by the Miami Dolphins on December 30, 2005…Released by Miami on October 11, 2006…Signed by the Indianapolis Colts on March 8, 2007 and was released two months after…Signed by the Calgary Stampeders on July 16, 2007.