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Jamize Robert Olawale (born April 17, 1989) is an American football fullback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at North Texas.

Jamize Olawale
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Olawale with the Oakland Raiders in 2017.
No. 49 – Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Born: (1989-04-17) April 17, 1989 (age 30)
San Francisco, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College:North Texas
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Rushing attempts:55
Rushing yards:206
Receiving yards:438
Total touchdowns:7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

College careerEdit

Olawale played two seasons at El Camino College as a tight end, recording 15 receptions for 338 yards and three touchdowns.[3]

As a junior, he transferred to the University of North Texas, where he was switched to H-back, recording seven receptions for 79 yards.[4][5] In his senior season, he was moved to wide receiver, appearing in eight games and recording two receptions for nine yards.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

After not being selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, Olawale received a tryout invitation for rookie mini-camp where he was converted from wide receiver to full back, and performed well enough to be signed as an undrafted free agent on May 14.[7]

Although he enjoyed a successful preseason,[8] he was waived on August 31, after the team decided to keep Phillip Tanner. Olawale was then signed to the team's practice squad.[9]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On December 4, 2012, the Oakland Raiders hampered by injuries to running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, signed Olawale from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He appeared in three games during the season as a fullback.[10][11]

Olawale became a core special teams player. In 2013, he recorded eight special teams tackles (third on the team). In addition, he had seven receptions for 63 yards in the 2013 season.[12] The next year, he led the team with 14 special teams tackles. On December 21, 2014, he scored his first professional touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.[13] In the next game, he had another receiving touchdown, this time against the Denver Broncos.[14] He finished the 2014 season with five receptions for 18 yards and two touchdowns.[15]

On December 8, 2015, he was signed to a three-year contract extension. On November 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had a 19-yard rushing touchdown.[16] He finished the 2015 season with 10 special teams tackles, which led the team. He finished the 2015 season with 24 carries for 110 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with nine receptions for 84 yards.[17] On November 21, 2016, against the Houston Texans, he had a 75-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Derek Carr in the 27–20 victory at Azteca Stadium.[18] Overall, he finished the 2016 season with 17 carries for 47 rushing yards to go along with 12 receptions for 227 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[19] His production dipped in the 2017 season but he still recorded nine rushes for 43 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with six receptions for 33 receiving yards.[20]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit

On March 18, the Raiders traded Olawale and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for a fifth-round pick.[21]

On March 13, 2019, Olawale signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension with the Cowboys.[22]


  1. ^ "Raiders FB Jamize Olawale surprised Marcel Reece won't be back". The Mercury News. September 27, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Raiders' Jamize Olawale has special role with team". The Mercury News. November 20, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Raiders sign FB Jamize Olawale to three-year extension". The Mercury News. December 8, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jamize Olawale College Stats". College Football at Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2010 Game Log". College Football at Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2011 Game Log". College Football at Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cowboys to sign two players". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jamize Olawale doing all he can". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Lance Dunbar clears waivers, joins practice squad". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Raiders sign FB/RB to active roster". Inside the Oakland Raiders. December 4, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2012 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2013 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders - December 21st, 2014". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos - December 28th, 2014". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2014 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers - November 8th, 2015". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2015 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders - November 21st, 2016". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2016 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "Jamize Olawale 2017 Game Log". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 20, 2018). "Raiders trading FB Jamize Olawale to Dallas Cowboys".
  22. ^ "Cowboys bringing back fullback Jamize Olawale on 3-year deal". Cowboys Wire. USA Today. March 13, 2019.

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