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Isaiah Afamefuna Ekejiuba [Eck-ah-ju-buh] (born October 5, 1981) is a former Nigerian-American linebacker of American football. He was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Virginia.

Isaiah Ekejiuba
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Ekejiuba in November 2008
No. 50
Position:Linebacker/ Special teamer
Personal information
Born: (1981-10-05) October 5, 1981 (age 37)
Nigeria
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Suffield (CT) Academy
College:Virginia
Undrafted:2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • George Welsh Award (2004)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:60
Sacks:0.0
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ekejiuba has also played for the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

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Early yearsEdit

Ekejiuba was born in Nigeria and lived throughout parts of Africa, China and London while his mother worked for the United Nations, before moving to upstate New York where his mother taught at Colgate University.[1] Ekejiuba attended high school at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut. At Suffield, Ekejiuba played football his senior year and excelled in soccer, basketball and track.

College careerEdit

In 2002, Ekejiuba joined the Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA.[2]

Ekejiuba was on the Virginia football roster in the 2002 season as a wide receiver, but did not play in the whole season.

Prior to the 2003 season, he switched his position to linebacker. Leading the special teams, Ekejiuba was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the season. He played on the punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units.

StatisticsEdit

NCAA defensive stats
Year G Plys S A Tot. Avg. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QBH BlK
2003 13 76 3 4 7 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 12 121 6 2 8 0.7 1-1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 25 197 9 6 15 0.6 1-1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft, Ekejiuba signed with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent training camp with the team but was released before the regular season.

Oakland RaidersEdit

On September 6, 2005, Ekejiuba was signed to the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders. He spent the first seven weeks of the season there before being promoted to the active roster on October 28.

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Ekejiuba was tendered a one-year contract by the Raiders. He was re-signed on April 14.

Ekejiuba was a 3rd alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl on special teams.

On July 8, 2010 Ekejiuba was released.

Detroit LionsEdit

Ekejiuba signed with the Detroit Lions on July 23, 2010.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

NFL defensive stats
Year Team Tackles Sacks Safety FF FR Int Yds TD
2005 Oak 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Oak 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

The son of the late Felicia Ekejiuba, Ekejiuba has two brothers, Ben Umezurike and Sam Ekejiuba, and two sisters, Ada Umezurike and Felicia Ekejiuba. At the University of Virginia, he majored in electrical engineering.

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