Earl Okine
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-04) January 4, 1990 (age 30)
Gainesville, Florida
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school:Gainesville
(Gainesville, Florida)
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2013)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:5
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Total tackles:22
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Earl James Okine (born January 4, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He attended the University of Florida and signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Okine has also been a member of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators, the Fall Experimental Football League's Brooklyn Bolts, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions, and the AAF's Orlando Apollos.

High school & collegeEdit

Okine played football and basketball for Gainesville High School. In football, he earned a Third-team Class 5A all-state selection as a senior.[1] He dressed for 6 games in 2008 while with the Florida Gators, but did not appear and decided to redshirt that year. From 2009 to 2012 recorded 27 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 blocked field goal.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

Okine signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in May 2013. He was cut before the start of the season.[3]

Calgary StampedersEdit

He then spent 1 month with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL),[4] but did not appear in any games.[5]

Orlando PredatorsEdit

In 2014, Okine played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL) and recorded 5.5 sacks in 16 games.[6]

Brooklyn BoltsEdit

He then played for the Brooklyn Bolts of the newly-formed Fall Experimental Football League.[3]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On March 3, 2015, Okine signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[3] He appeared in 3 games for the Colts, making 1 tackle, and was waived on October 1.[7] He signed to the Colts' practice squad on October 5.[8] On December 21 he was signed to the active roster.[9] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Colts as part of final roster cuts.[10]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On September 9, 2016, Okine was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad.[11] He spent time on and off the Chiefs' practice squad throughout the season before signing a reserve/future contract with the team on January 19, 2017.[12][13][14]

On September 2, 2017, Okine was waived by the Chiefs.[15]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 4, 2017, Okine was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.[16] He was released on September 22, 2017.[17]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On September 26, 2017, Okine was signed to the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad.[18]

Orlando ApollosEdit

Okine signed with the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[19]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

After the AAF ceased operations in April 2019, Okine signed with the practice roster for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on July 14, 2019.[20] He was promoted to the active roster on July 19.[21]


  1. "Earl Okine's (Gainesville, FL) Football Stats". Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  2. "Earl Okine - 2012 Gator Football Roster". Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bowen, Kevin (March 3, 2015). "Colts Make Free Agent Signing Along Defensive Line". Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  4. "Colts give journeyman DE Earl Okine a shot". Sportsnet. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  5. "Indianapolis Colts: Earl Okine". Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  6. "Earl Okine Bio". Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  7. "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  8. "Indianapolis Colts make practice squad move". October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  10. Bowen, Kevin (September 3, 2016). "Colts Make Final Cuts, Assemble 53-Man Roster".
  11. "Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles doubtful for season opener".
  12. "Chiefs Sign RB Zac Brooks To Practice Squad, Cut LB Earl Okine". October 28, 2016.
  13. Thorman, Joel (November 25, 2016). "Chiefs add CB Terrance Mitchell to active roster".
  14. Roesch, Wesley (January 19, 2017). "Chiefs sign 10 players to reserve/future contracts".
  15. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  16. "Lions sign DE Earl Okine to practice squad". September 4, 2017.
  17. "Earl Okine: Waived by Lions". September 22, 2017.
  18. "Cardinals sign Anthony Denham Jr., Earl Okine to practice squad". September 26, 2017.
  19. Jackson, Ken. "AAF team gets a name — Orlando Apollos to start play at UCF in February" (in en). Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  20. "Riders Add Okine, Dearborn to Practice Roster". July 14, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  21. McCormick, Murray (July 19, 2019). "Manny Arceneaux to make Saskatchewan Roughriders' debut against B.C. Lions". Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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