Anthony Alabi

Anthony Abayomi Alabi (/əˈlɑːbi/; born February 16, 1981) is an American actor and former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Christian.

Anthony Alabi
No. 12
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1981-02-16) February 16, 1981 (age 39)
San Antonio, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Castle Hills (TX) Antonian
College:Texas Christian
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 162
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Alabi has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since 2010, Alabi has been acting. His most recent role is in the Netflix series Family Reunion.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Alabi attended Antonian College Preparatory High School in San Antonio, where he was a four-year letterman in football, and also lettered in basketball and track and field (shot put and discus). He earned all-district and all-state honors in football and led the team in sacks (13) and tackles (82) as a senior. He was a two-time state champion in track. He is well known for playing varsity football with Dr. Brett “Opie” Mueller in 1998.

College careerEdit

Alabi attended the United States Naval Academy for a short time in 1999 before heading to Texas Christian University (TCU), where he was a four-year letterman, starting his final three seasons and making 35 career starts in college. He was a defensive lineman before moving to the offensive line during his redshirt season in 2000. He started all 12 games at left tackle as a sophomore, as TCU led the Conference USA by averaging 203.2 yards rushing per outing. As a junior, he was part of a line that paved the way for an offense that averaged more than 200 net rushing yards and 200 net passing yards per game - one of only six Division I schools to accomplish that feat. In his senior season, the offense averaged 32.9 point per game. He earned first-team All-Conference USA accolades each of his final two years, during which time he opened a combined 23 games.

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

Alabi was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by former head coach Nick Saban. The pick used to select him was acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in the deal that sent cornerback Patrick Surtain to the Chiefs. On July 22, the Dolphins signed Alabi to a four-year contract that included a signing bonus of $158,000.

Alabi was tried at left tackle during training camp, and shortly after returning to practice from an ankle injury he was shifted to right tackle. He played in a reserve role during the team's five preseason games, and was inactive for all 16 regular season contests. He nursed an elbow injury during November which caused him to miss practice time.

Alabi saw his first regular season action in 2006, playing in six games during the year. He made his NFL debut in a reserve role on October 1 at the Houston Texans. He also saw extensive action on December 17 at the Buffalo Bills following injury to Damion McIntosh.

On February 11, Alabi was one of nine players let go by the Dolphins.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On February 13, just two days after being waived by the Dolphins, Alabi was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs. Alabi was released by the Chiefs on August 30, 2008.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Alabi retired from the NFL in 2009 to pursue a career in acting. He is a series lead in Family Reunion," a Netflix original series also starring Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry, and Richard Roundtree, which released in July 2019. You can also see him in recurring roles in Raven's Home and Bosch as well as guest star roles in Malibu Rescue, Shameless, Insecure and more.

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 How to Rock Bouncer 1 episode
Raising Hope Don, the Director
Big Time Rush Baby Sitter
Rizzoli & Isles Enzo 'End Zone' Womack
2013 In the Dark Bob Television film
Touch Gate Guard 1 episode
2014 The Haunted Hathaways Lorenzo
Revenge Officer Rinella
Video Game High School Bouncer
2015 Bosch Antoine Jasper 2 episodes
The Soul Man Jasper 1 episode
I Didn't Do It Chester
Modern Family Buddy
RocketJump: The Show John Military / Truck Flipper 2 episodes
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Lane Netflix film
Heartbeat Dr. Adisa Okonjo 1 episode
Maron Tom
Diva Diaries Bobby Television film
Rush Hour Guard 1 episode
Longmire Randal Horen
Insecure Terrence
2017 Dimension 404 Guard #2
The Mick Officer Strassner
NCIS Christopher Clayton
2017-present Raven's Home Coach Spitz Recurring role, 7 episodes
2019 Malibu Rescue Derek Mitchell 1 episode
Shameless MaVar 2 episodes
2019-present Family Reunion Moz McKellan Main role
2020 Black-ish Lewis 1 episode

Personal lifeEdit

Alabi's father is from Nigeria and his mother is from Puerto Rico. He is a first cousin of Houston Texans defensive end N. D. Kalu.[citation needed]

He earned a BS degree in criminal justice with a minor in business at Texas Christian and later, while in the NFL, a Master's in Liberal Arts with a criminology focus.[citation needed]

He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anthony Alabi Is Bringing His A-Game To Netflix's New Sitcom 'Family Reunion'". Romper. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  2. ^ "Chiefs Place Merritt on NFI; Release 21 Others". kcchiefs.com. August 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.