Alonzo Addae
No. 20     Ottawa Redblacks
Addae with the Redblacks in 2023
Born: (1997-07-11) July 11, 1997 (age 26)
Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Defensive back
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
CollegeWest Virginia
New Hampshire
High schoolSt. Mary Catholic Secondary
CFL Draft2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13
Drafted byOttawa Redblacks
Career history
As player
2022–presentOttawa Redblacks
Career stats

Alonzo Addae (born July 11, 1997) is a Canadian professional football defensive back for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career

After using a redshirt season in 2016, Addae first played college football for the New Hampshire Wildcats from 2017 to 2018.[1][2]

Addae then transferred to the University of West Virginia in 2019 to play for the Mountaineers, but sat out for the season due to transfer eligibility requirements.[2] He played in the next two seasons for the team where he started in 23 games and recorded 139 total tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.[2]

Professional career

Addae was drafted in the second round, 13th overall, by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2021 CFL Draft.[3] However, he did not play for the team in 2021 as he returned to school to complete his college eligibility.[2] He then signed with the Redblacks on May 25, 2022.[3] Following training camp in 2022, he made the team's active roster and played in his first game on June 10, 2022, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[4] In the following week, also against the Blue Bombers, he made his first career start, replacing an injured Justin Howell, where he recorded two defensive tackles.[4][5] He played in all 18 regular season games, starting in 12, where he had 28 defensive tackles, and one special teams tackle.[6]

In 2023, he again played in 18 games and recorded 24 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles.[7]

Personal life

Addae was born to parents Les Addae and Renée Bethea and he has two brothers.[2] His grandfather, Willie Bethea, played at running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and won three Grey Cup championships.[8] Addae's cousin, Jahleel Addae, played defensive back in the National Football League and his other cousin, Jahmile Addae, also played defensive back and coached him while at West Virginia.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Alonzo Addae". New Hampshire Wildcats. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alonzo Addae". West Virginia Mountaineers. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Redblacks ink 2021 2nd round pick Alonzo Addae". Canadian Football League. May 25, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Game Notes" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  5. ^ "Redblacks' rookie Alonzo Addae draws first career start at safety". 3DownNation. June 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "2023 CFL Guide" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  7. ^ "Alonzo Addae". Canadian Football League. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  8. ^ "Built for this:Alonzo Addae presented by Vodkow". Ottawa Redblacks. July 4, 2023.
  9. ^ Casazza, Mike (August 11, 2019). "Addae adapts to a 'different' coaching assignment". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 16, 2024.