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      AMERICAN FOOTBALL - NIGERIAN PLAYERS- LIST OF CURRENT AND RETIRED NIGERIA PLAYERS IN NFL

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      By Len Pasquarelli
      ESPN.com
      Archive

      Of all the emerging African countries, it is Nigeria, it seems, that is foremost in emerging as a hothouse for developing athletes capable of performing at the NFL level.

      It began in 1987, when the Kansas City Chiefs chose Azusa Pacific running back Christian Okoye in the second round of the draft. A native of Enugu, Nigeria, the powerful Okoye played six seasons in the NFL, rushed for 4,897 yards, led the league with 1,480 yards in 1989, earned two trips to the Pro Bowl game, and was dubbed "The Nigerian Nightmare."

      Ever since, it seems, players either born in Nigeria or the sons of Nigerian parents who have emigrated to other countries have managed to find their way onto NFL rosters. If the stream of talent emanating from the African country hasn't quite been a steady one, the flow has been enough to maintain the interest of scouts.

      This year, the interest was piqued by more than the normal complement of players of Nigerian descent.

      "Maybe the biggest year ever for Nigerian players," said linebacker Terna Nande of Miami (Ohio), taken by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round, a prospect whose mother still resides in the African country. "The continent [of Africa] was certainly well [represented] in general, but the Nigerian players … it sure seemed like there were a lot of them."

      At least three other players of Nigerian descent -- Indiana defensive end Victor Adeyanju (St. Louis Rams, fourth round), Stanford defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo (Cleveland Browns, sixth round) and Auburn wide receiver Devin Aromashodu (Miami Dolphins, seventh round) -- were selected in the draft. And at least two others, linebacker Bob Iwuchukwa of Purdue (New Orleans Saints) and Oklahoma defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha (Washington Redskins), were signed as undrafted free agents.

      Of all the emerging African countries, it is Nigeria, it seems, that is foremost in emerging as a hothouse for developing athletes capable of performing at the NFL level.

      "There are just so many good athletes there," said Washington, D.C., attorney Lloyd Ukwu, a man who has been instrumental in bringing many of them to American colleges to play basketball, two years ago. "There is a strong athletic tradition and a lot of pride."

      Image removed by sender. Osi Umenyiora, top, and Kerry Collins

      Greg Trott/WireImage.comUmenyiora was second in the NFL with 14½ sacks in 2005.


      Among the several current standout players of Nigerian heritage in the NFL are defensive ends Adewale Ogunleye of the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora. In fact, Ogunleye's bloodlines make him African royalt

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      SUPER BOWL 2012 PLAYERS - TODAY FEBRUARY 05, 2012 - AMERICAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

      (1) Osi Umenyiora - New york Giants

      (2) Prince Amukamara - New York Giants

      (3) Tony Ugoh - New York Giants

      (4) James Ihedigbo - New England Patriots

      IT IS NOW 4 (FOUR) Igbo boys playing in Superbowl 2012:AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL FINAL

      Nigerians at Superbowl: FEBUARY 05, 2012


      Prince Amukamara from Awo Omama Imo State plays for the Giants also.

      Amadiebube
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      TONY UGOH Right Offensive Tackle for the New York Giants
      http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8296?

      He is playing tomorrow too; and may whatever NFC team win :-)

      Rotimi Ogunsuyi
      Chicago, IL
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      On Feb 3, 2012, at 8:16 PM, Ike Ezekwu <kpomkwemu@...> wrote:

      By Emeka Maduewesi

      Nigerians at Superbowl: FEBUARY 05, 2012
      Two of our own shall be facing each other at the Super Bowl, America's most prestigious game, this weekend. Osi Umenyiora will play for the New York Giants while James Ihedigbowill be on duty for the New England Patroits.

      Osi Umenyiora was born in Golders Green, London, UK, to Nigerian parents from Ogbunike, Anambra State, Nigeria. His family moved back to Nigeria and later to Auburn, Alabama, where he started playing football in high school. Of Igbo descent, his full first name means in Igbo "from today things will be good".

      James Ihedigbo was born to Rose and Apollos Ihedigbo, immigrants from Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. Ihedigbo has three other brothers, Emeka, Nate, David and a sister, Onyii.

      We shall be on duty to cheer both teams. Heads or tail, we win!

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      The list below is a fraction of Nigerian players currently and former in the NFL

      Not only is Nigeria a predominant sports nation in Africa, but a legion of athletes either Nigerian –born or of Nigerian descent are setting new standards in American Football. In 2008, the NFL draft recruited about 6 new Nigerian players who were phenomenal in college football. Last years draft saw the influx of quite a number of Nigerian players in the first round, and this year a few more are projected to be signed into the NFL. There are currently about 40+ African players in the National Football League out of which 70 percent are Nigerian.

      Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports the Detroit Lions have signed free agent offensive lineman Tony Ugoh. Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury that. Tony Ugo is now with New York Giants.

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      NFL Player Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha – It is very difficult to compare any player to Asomugha, but Prince is almost identical. Both corners play very aggressive and have the perfect speed, size, and strength combination. They have fluid hips and excel at reading the body language of the receiver. Both players are exceptional tacklers, who aren’t afraid to come up in run support and take on larger backs. They shared the same reputation in college, as quarterbacks feared throwing the ball to their side of the field. As a senior, Prince had 53 passes thrown at him; however only 18 of them were completed. This Sunday night Prince will have a chance to justify the comparison in front of a national televised audience, when the Giants take on Asomugha and the Philadelphia Eagles.

      Nick Volturo is an NFL team writer for The Penalty Flag and can be contacted at NVolturo@...

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/osi-umenyiora1.jpgOsitadimma “Osi” Umenyiora (born November 16, 1981) is an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the New York Giants.Umenyiora is one of three players to have won a Super Bowl ring, joining Scott McCready and Giants teammate Lawrence Tynes. Umenyiora has been selected for the Pro Bowl twice, and holds the Giants franchise record for most sacks in one game, coming against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/nnamdi_asomugha1.jpgNnamdiAsomugha is an American Football cornerback for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders. He was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Raiders and played college football for the Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

       

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/amobi-okoye.jpgAmobiOkoye (born June 10, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Okoye was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He is the youngest player to ever be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft at only 19 years old. He was the highest draft pick to come out of the University of Louisville since the AFL-NFL merger.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/250px-james-ihedigbo_jets-vs-jaguars_nov-15-09.jpgJames UgochuIhedigbo (born December 3, 1983) is an American football safety for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the Jets in 2007. He played college football at Massachusetts. He is the son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/oshio-atogwe.jpgOshiomogho Isaac “O. J.” Atogwe (born on June 23, 1981) is an American football safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/adewaleogunleye2.jpgAdewaleOgunleye (born August 9, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football defensive end. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2000. He played college football at Indiana.Ogunleyewas named the “NFL’s Defensive Player of the Day” for the 2008′s first day after recording one safety and made a key fourth down stop against the Indianapolis Colts.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/israel-idonije.jpgIsrael Idonije (born November 17, 1980) is a Nigerian-Canadian defensive end for the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. He was signed out of the University of Manitoba. A draft pick of the now defunct Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League, for whom he never played, Idonije spent the start 2003 season on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad prior to his release in September. He was subsequently signed to the Bears’ practice squad for the final six weeks of the season.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/brian-orakpo1.jpgBrian Orakpo (born July 31, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Redskins 13th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

      Chinedum “Nedu” Ndukwe(born March 4, 1985, Charlottesville, Virginia) is an American football safety for the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team. He was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round, 253rd overall, in the 2007 NFL Draft.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ovie_mughelli_atlanta_falcons.jpgOvie Phillip Mughelli( born June 10, 1980 in Boston, Mass.) is an American football fullback for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He signed a 6-year, $18 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus on March 2, 2007 with the Falcons. The contract was the largest given to a fullback in NFL history at the time.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/remi-ayodele.jpgRemilekun “Remi” Ayodele (born April 22, 1983 in Grand Prairie, Texas) is an American football defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Oklahoma.

      Ayodele has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons. He is the younger brother of NFL linebacker Akin Ayodele.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/250px-akin_ayodele.jpgAkinola James “Akin” Ayodele (born September 17, 1979 in Irving, Texas) is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.

      Ayodele has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and the Denver Broncos.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ike-ndukwe1.jpgIkechukwu Nelson “Ike” Ndukwe (born July 17, 1982 in Powell, Ohio) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2005. He played college football at Northwestern.

      Ndukwe has also played for the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. He is the older brother of NFL safety ChinedumNdukwe.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/bj-raji-dec-06-bc-nc1.jpgBusari “B.J.” Raji, Jr. (born July 11, 1986), nicknamed “The Freezer” is an American football nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft (9th overall). He played college football at Boston College.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/frank-okam-head-shot.jpgFranklin Nonyelu Okam, Jr. (born October 16, 1985 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

      HALL OF FAME

      Christian EmekaOkoye (born August 16, 1961), is a former American Football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987 to 1992. Nicknamed “The Nigerian Nightmare,” Okoye was known for his powerful running style and ability to break tackles. Okoye’s six seasons in the NFL saw a league rushing title in 1989, two Pro Bowl appearances (1989, 1991), and three playoff appearances. He voluntarily ended his NFL career due to multiple injuries. He wore number 35.

      Image removed by sender. http://allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/christian-okoye.jpg

      MBELU ADAOR

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      By Len Pasquarelli
      ESPN.com
      Archive

      All the talk about "beating the bushes," all that rhetoric about "turning over the rock" or "torturing the tape," hackneyed terms that grizzled NFL scouts so often employ to define their work ethic?

      Forget about 'em.

      If league bird-dogs really want to go the extra mile in pursuit of talent, they ought to think about actually going several thousand extra miles, all the way to the Nigerian veldt. Given the way recent NFL drafts have gone, including last weekend's lottery, the trip might be well worth the imposition.

      It began in 1987, when the Kansas City Chiefs chose Azusa Pacific running back Christian Okoye in the second round of the draft. A native of Enugu, Nigeria, the powerful Okoye played six seasons in the NFL, rushed for 4,897 yards, led the league with 1,480 yards in 1989, earned two trips to the Pro Bowl game, and was dubbed "The Nigerian Nightmare."

      Ever since, it seems, players either born in Nigeria or the sons of Nigerian parents who have emigrated to other countries have managed to find their way onto NFL rosters. If the stream of talent emanating from the African country hasn't quite been a steady one, the flow has been enough to maintain the interest of scouts.

      This year, the interest was piqued by more than the normal complement of players of Nigerian descent.

      "Maybe the biggest year ever for Nigerian players," said linebacker Terna Nande of Miami (Ohio), taken by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round, a prospect whose mother still resides in the African country. "The continent [of Africa] was certainly well [represented] in general, but the Nigerian players … it sure seemed like there were a lot of them."

      At least three other players of Nigerian descent -- Indiana defensive end Victor Adeyanju (St. Louis Rams, fourth round), Stanford defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo (Cleveland Browns, sixth round) and Auburn wide receiver Devin Aromashodu (Miami Dolphins, seventh round) -- were selected in the draft. And at least two others, linebacker Bob Iwuchukwa of Purdue (New Orleans Saints) and Oklahoma defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha (Washington Redskins), were signed as undrafted free agents.

      Of all the emerging African countries, it is Nigeria, it seems, that is foremost in emerging as a hothouse for developing athletes capable of performing at the NFL level.

      "There are just so many good athletes there," said Washington, D.C., attorney Lloyd Ukwu, a man who has been instrumental in bringing many of them to American colleges to play basketball, two years ago. "There is a strong athletic tradition and a lot of pride."

      Image removed by sender. Osi Umenyiora, top, and Kerry Collins

      Greg Trott/WireImage.comUmenyiora was second in the NFL with 14½ sacks in 2005.


      Among the several current standout players of Nigerian heritage in the NFL are defensive ends Adewale Ogunleye of the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants'

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