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Nnamdi Asomugha is a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He is a dedicated athlete, actor, and philanthropist, applying the same discipline that has helped him achieve success on the field to all other aspects of his life.
Nnamdi began his professional football career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. 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.
Nnamdi has used his platform as a professional athlete to elevate his philanthropic missions. Along with his family, he formally founded The Asomugha Foundation in 2010 to support two key programs: Orphans and Widows In Need (OWIN) and Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS). OWIN helps women and children in Nigeria, providing food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, literacy efforts, and scholarships to those most in need. OWIN is currently working to expand beyond the two existing centers in Nigeria to other countries throughout Africa.
ACTS is an annual college tour and mentoring program for high-achieving high school students of color from the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Over the past years, Nnamdi has personally led sixteen ACTS students on trips to colleges and universities in Atlanta, Boston, New York, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. Each year, as part of the program, Nnamdi and students from the program participate in service projects in their communities, most recently working with Habitat for Humanity in the East Bay and Los Angeles, California.
Asomugha 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. Asomugha has been nominated for the National Football League Players Association Byron Whizzer Award every year since 2005, winning the award in 2010. 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.
Asomugha serves as the national ambassador for the NFL and United Way partnership. He is currently the head of the NFL Scouting Team whose primary purpose is recruit a representative from each team to help encourage and engage people in their respective communities to become youth mentors. He also serves as the national spokesperson for the NFL Network’s “Keep Gym in School” Initiative.
Asomugha is a trained actor, and recently completed work on his first feature film “Fire With Fire”, starring Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel, and Rosario Dawson. He has also guest-starred in several critically acclaimed television shows, including “Friday Night Lights”, “Leverage”, “The Game”, and “CUBED” on Fox Sports.
Asomugha earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Finance at the University of California, Berkeley.