The Oakland Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha, an American born Nigerian, plays the game of football with an undeniable
passion and dedication. This three-time All Pro selection has emerged as the league’s best defensive back, earning
him a starting position in the 2008 and 2009 Pro Bowl. A testament to the silver and black, his hard work and
determination on the field is preceded by his undeniable commitment to education and community off the gridiron.
2009 marked another monumental season for Asomugha, who was the best shut down corner in the league.
Quarterbacks feared him and did everything in their power to eliminate Asomugha from offensive plays. During
the 2009 season, Asomugha was thrown at only 28 times through 16 games, an astounding figure and a
testament to his prowess on the field.
With a naturally generous disposition, Asomugha gives most of the success he’s accomplished to those in need. He
serves as chairman of the Asomugha Foundation, where he works closely with his family to enhance the two key
programs of the Foundation: Orphans and Widows In Need (OWIN) and Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS).
OWIN supports women and children in Nigeria and provides food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, literacy efforts
and scholarships. OWIN is currently working to expand the existing two centers in Nigeria to other countries throughout
In 2007, Asomugha founded ACTS an annual college tour and mentoring program that provides high-achieving
high-school students of color the opportunity to visit college campuses across the country. Past tours have included
trips to Atlanta, Boston, New York and Washington, DC and have been featured on CNN and NFL Network.
Asomugha has been invited by former President Bill Clinton to speak annually at his youth engagement program, Clinton
Global Initiative University, about his commitment to education. Asomguha was also voted one of 16 players for the
Home Depot Neighborhood MVP for his commitment to community service in 2007 and in 2008 was recognized by Essence
Magazine for his philanthropic work. As a result of his hard work in his community he has been nominated for the National
Football League Players Association Byron Whizzer Award every year since 2005 and he won the 2010 award. In June 2010,
Asomugha was the first athlete presented with Jefferson Award for Public Service, which honors volunteerism in America
and is considered the Nobel Prize for community service.
He currently serves as the national ambassador for the NFL and United Way partnership and national spokesperson for
NFL Network’s “Keep Gym in School” initiative. Asomugha earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Finance at the
University of California, Berkeley.
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