Asomugha, Nnamdi Biography

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6 July 1981, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Nnamdi Asomugha (born July 6, 1981) is an American cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). Nnamdi Asomugha was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to Nigerian parents. He was raised in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California. Asomugha went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley where he played football and graduated with a degree in Corporate Finance. Asomugha began his professional football career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. After eight seasons with the Raiders, Asomugha became a free agent and on July 29, 2011 signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. A four-time All Pro selection, Asomugha has emerged as one of the League's best defensive backs, earning him starting positions in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Pro Bowls. Asomugha made his first professional acting debut in 2008 on The CW Network sitcom The Game. In 2009, he played the role of Ken Shaw in the season premiere of Friday Night Lights Season 4. In 2010, He appeared on the TNT drama Leverage as Walle in the Season 3 episode "The Scheherazade Job". In the fall of 2012 Nnamdi appeared in his first feature length film, Fire With Fire, alongside Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson. In 2012 he wrote, produced and starred in his first short film entitled Double Negative. Nnamdi is the Chairman of The Asomugha Foundation, a 501(3)c he founded with his family. The Foundation works to support two key programs: Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) and Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN). ACTS is an 18-month long mentorship program through which he personally takes a group of high-achieving high school students on an all-expenses paid trip to a city where they visit the local colleges and universities. Upon their return the students engage in leadership, civic and humanitarian activities, demonstrating that success is also found in giving back. OWIN was founded by Nnamdi's mother, Dr. Lilian Asomugha, and works to position widows and orphans in Africa, for economic success and independence through education, spiritual guidance and vocational training.

-   Name pronounced Nahm-Dee Aso-MU-Wah. Descended from Nigeria's Igbo tribe.

-   Cornerback selected 31st overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2003 NFL Draft out of California.

-   During the Philadelphia Eagles 2012 Season Nnamdi co-hosted ABC 6's post-game show, Eagles Football Frenzy.

-   Asomugha distributes backpacks to the incoming freshmen each year at Narbonne High School in Los Angeles. He also outfits the football and basketball team with shoes, a mandate he wrote into an endorsement contract he signed with Nike.

-   Nnamdi is the national ambassador for the NFL and United Way partnership, and is the head of the United Way's TEAM NFL, a task force comprised of one representative from each NFL team whose purpose is to recruit volunteer readers, mentors and tutors to help combat the High School dropout rate.

-   Since 2009 Nnamdi has been invited by former President Bill Clinton to speak annually at the Clinton Global Initiative University, to engage youth around commitment to education and community service.

-   Nnamdi introduced President Obama at a fundraiser in Oakland during his 2012 Presidential Election Campaign.

-   In 2010, Asomugha was presented with the 44th annual Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year, the NFL Players Association's (NFLPA) highest honor.

-   In June 2010, Asomugha was the first athlete presented with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, which honors volunteerism in America and is considered the Nobel Prize for community service.

-   In 2007 Nnamdi formed ACTS (Asomugha College Tour for Scholars) a college mentoring program, through which he annually takes a group of high-achieving high school students from under-served communities in Los Angeles, The Bay Area, and Philadelphia, on an all-expenses paid trip to a city where they visit local colleges and universities. The Tour has visited New York, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Chicago.

-   Nnamdi appeared on the cover of the Aug. 8, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated after signing a 5-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

-   "The Sporting News" (USA), 25 October 2010, Vol. 234, Iss. 24, pg. 8, by: Ryan Fagan, "Five Questions For Nnamdi Asomugha"

-   "Sports Illustrated" (USA), 8 August 2011, Vol. 115, Iss. 5

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