PRO: Ten-year NFL veteran who joins the Lions’ talented defensive line after spending the previous nine seasons with the Chicago Bears (2004-12). Career totals include 134 games played (50 starts), 247 tackles (177 solo), 28.5 sacks (232 yards), 15 pass defenses, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. In six postseason games (two starts) with the Bears, he recorded five tackles and 1.5 sacks.
2012: Played in 11-of-16 games for the Bears, racking up 48 tackles (29 solo), 7.5 sacks (68 yards) and one forced fumble.
2011: Started all 16 contests and established career highs in tackles (57), tackles for loss (nine) and fumble recoveries (two), adding five sacks, one forced fumble and his first-career fumble return for a touchdown.
2010: Earned the starting nod in all but one game in 2010, posting a career-high eight sacks, which tied for the team lead. Finished second on the Bears defensive line with 46 tackles (25 solo) and added five pass defenses and a career-high three forced fumbles.
2009: Saw action in 15 games before being placed on Reserve/Injured for the last game of the season.
2008: Played in all 16 games with three starts, finishing the season with 23 tackles (21 solo), 3.5 sacks and six pass defenses.
2007: Tallied 23 tackles while appearing in all 16 games for the first time in his career, including a then-career-high three starts.
2006: Finished the season with 11 tackles, one pass defense and two fumble recoveries after seeing action in 13 games.
2005: Saw action primarily on special teams, earning one start and finishing the season with one sack.
2004: Participated in 15 games as a reserve defensive lineman and on special teams for the Bears, recording 21 tackles and one sack in his first NFL season.
2003: Finished his rookie season on Chicago’s practice squad (Weeks 12-17) after beginning the year with the Cleveland Browns.
COLLEGE: As a senior in 2002, led the University of Manitoba Bisons with a career-high nine sacks and 31 tackles en route to receiving team MVP honors.
PERSONAL: Created The Israel Idonije Foundation in 2007 with the focus a program called “IZZYz KIDz,” which is designed to encourage and sustain students’ regular school attendance, high achievement and good citizenship.
Former WR Herman Moore goes one-on-one with DE Israel Idonije on his transition from the Bears, the defensive line's play and the rookie defensive ends.
See how DE Israel Idonije is changing lives with his community service and learn about the work that earned him an award presented by the President of the United States of America.