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MB-raised NFL star dreams up graphic novel series

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Israel Idonije, a Chicago Bears defensive lineman and former member of the University of Manitoba Bisons, is the brains behind a graphic novel series called The Protectors.

  • The Protectors chronicles a group of athletes who find out they also have superpowers and set about trying to save the world.

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    The Protectors chronicles a group of athletes who find out they also have superpowers and set about trying to save the world.

  • Israel Idonije, who lives in Chicago but grew up in Brandon after his parents emigrated from Nigeria, told the Free Press he's loved comic books since he was a kid.

    Nam Y. Huh / The Canadian Press files

    Israel Idonije, who lives in Chicago but grew up in Brandon after his parents emigrated from Nigeria, told the Free Press he's loved comic books since he was a kid.

  • Idonije said he wanted to create a graphic novel with the underlying message that everyone can contribute to positive change in the world.

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    Idonije said he wanted to create a graphic novel with the underlying message that everyone can contribute to positive change in the world.

  • Seen at left tackling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer during a 2012 NFL game, Israel Idonije (#71) said he hopes the graphic novels will draw kids into reading and help them discover their true gifts.

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    Seen at left tackling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer during a 2012 NFL game, Israel Idonije (#71) said he hopes the graphic novels will draw kids into reading and help them discover their true gifts.

  • Israel Idonije joined forces with veteran comic-book writers and artists to bring The Protectors to life.

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    Israel Idonije joined forces with veteran comic-book writers and artists to bring The Protectors to life.

  • Add creating comic books to the long list of Israel Idonjie's extracurricular activities. When he's not playing for the Chicago Bears, Idonjie has been known to get involved in charity work — even if that means raising money for the Special Olympics by jumping into Lake Michigan in March with late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

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    Add creating comic books to the long list of Israel Idonjie's extracurricular activities. When he's not playing for the Chicago Bears, Idonjie has been known to get involved in charity work — even if that means raising money for the Special Olympics by jumping into Lake Michigan in March with late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

  • Israel Idonije, left, said one of The Protectors characters — a bearded, bald defensive end from Africa — is not based on him.

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    Israel Idonije, left, said one of The Protectors characters — a bearded, bald defensive end from Africa — is not based on him.

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