Today, CFC shines the spotlight on class 2012 star offensive lineman and recent University of Guelph commit, Steve Mburanumwe. Steve most recently played high school football for the Bishop Ryan Celtics.
Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard
6’4, 278 lbs
Bishop Ryan Celtics (high school)
Steel City Ironmen (junior varsity/varsity: OVFL)
Committed to University of Guelph
Demonstrating his talent on the field, Steve has reaped the rewards of football success. Playing for the junior varsity and varsity Steel City Ironmen of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), the standout was selected as a league all-star at the offensive tackle position this past summer.
Steve experienced a moment he won’t soon forget during his time with the Ironmen.
“My most memorable football experience was playing in the provincial championship this summer for the Ironmen,” comments the offensive lineman, who is also a Newman youth basketball rep. “Even though we lost, I felt like I learned a lot and definitely enjoyed the experience of playing in the Rogers Centre.”
Furthermore, he was team defensive lineman of the year for the Bishop Ryan Celtics last season and was captain of the team for four straight years. Steve made two straight Steel City Bowl appearances for the East and was named outstanding offensive lineman in 2011.
Currently, the offensive star was named to the Golden Horseshoe team that will play in the all-star game May 6th at McMaster University and participated in the CanAm Bowl game.
As he is in his last year of high school, Steve has decided to continue playing the next level of football at the University of Guelph. When he travelled to the campus, it was just the right feel for him. Additionally, the graduating offensive star says the coaching staff, especially offensive line coach Mike MacDonald did a great job in recruiting him.
“I really like their facilities and the way the program is heading,” adds the future Gryphons player. “I’ve also been coached by Coach MacDonald before for the Golden Horseshoe team and I loved the way he coached so that also helped my decision,” adds Steve, who hopes to pursue a football career beyond the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level or become a police officer.
Steve has a solid work ethic that has been a key reason for the success he’s achieved on and off the field. He credits his work ethic from the positive family influence he’s had over the years.
“They work so hard to make sure we have what we need,” explains the Celtics offensive lineman of their influence. “Especially my dad working two jobs; I know it’s hard but I never hear him complain so that just drives me on the field and in the weight room whenever I get tired I just think to myself about how hard he’s working and how much of an insult to him and my family it would be if I gave any less out there.”
As he prepares for the next phase of his football and education life at Guelph, Steve is confident that he will achieve more feats based on everything has learned from the game.
“The game of football has given me much more than just a fun experience, a university scholarship, and a few cool trophies,” comments Steve. “It has taught me discipline, how to push myself when I thought I couldn’t, and the confidence to go out and pursue my goals.”