Former Viking Bobo Dies

Former Vikings offensive lineman Orlando Bobo died last week during complications suffered during surgery.

Former Vikings offensive lineman Orlando Bobo has died from heart and liver failure. Bobo, who was only 33 years old, was a popular backup guard for the Vikings from 1997-98 and also played on the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV championship team under head coach Brian Billick, the offensive coordinator in Minnesota during Bobo's time there.

He played in the NFL for five seasons, including stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

Bobo was scheduled to have his spleen removed, but passed away in a Dallas hospital due to complications during surgery.

"It seems to me like my child is not gone," Bobo's mother, Debra Bobo Mason, told the Commercial Dispatch (Miss.). "It really hasn't sunk in yet. He was a wonderful son. He was real respectful to his elders.

"I'm going to miss my baby, I'm going to miss him. I've got three sons, and to me, all three of them are my babies."

The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder played with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004, but didn't return due to a contract dispute and had been out of football ever since.

"We are all extremely saddened at the news of Orlando Bobo's passing," Blue Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer said in a prepared statement. "Orlando was an outstanding football player, and more importantly, an outstanding person. The whole Bomber family is in mourning over his death."

Bobo, who played at West Point (Miss.) High School and Northeast Louisiana. He played for Billick as a rookie free agent in 1997 with Minnesota when Billick was the Vikings' offensive coordinator. He was released by Baltimore on Sept. 5, 2001.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday in Starkville, Miss. Bobo is survived by a wife and four children.

"Our condolences go out to his family," Bombers general manager Brendan Taman said in a statement. "It's a tremendous loss for them and for everyone who knew Orlando."

In Baltimore, Bobo was often mistaken for larger-than-life offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown because they played on the same team and both played on the offensive line. He was a well-liked player in the Vikings' and Ravens' locker rooms.

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