Israel Idonije was born on 17 November, 1980. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated with his family to Canada. Israel is a retired Nigerian-Canadian defensive end NFL player, and actor. Idonije was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Manitoba. A draft pick of the now defunct Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League, for whom he never played a game, Idonije spent the start of the 2003 season on the Browns’ practice squad prior to his release in September.
Among the football clubs signed with Israel are; Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Second stint with Bears, New York Giants.
Outside football career, Idonije revealed his new comic as he came out with, The Protectors, it was launched during the New York Comic Con in October 2012. Idonije along Prakash Chand founded medical question and answer service AskTheDoctor.com. A portal allowing anyone, anywhere immediate access to a doctor.
Israel established the Israel Idonije Foundation in 2007. It is a registered non-profit organization. Its mission statement reads: “The Israel Idonije Foundation is committed to impacting underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills.”