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Ovie Phillip Mughelli (born June 10, 1980) is a former American football fullback who last played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Wake Forest University, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Ovie Mughelli
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Mughelli with the Ravens in 2006
No. 32, 34, 30
Position:Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1980-06-10) June 10, 1980 (age 39)
Charleston, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Charleston (SC) Porter-Gaud
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:120
Rushing average:2.9
Receptions:62
Receiving yards:490
Total touchdowns:7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Mughelli also currently serves as a co-host on the all-digital sports network, 120 Sports.

High school careerEdit

Mughelli attended Porter-Gaud School and a letterman in football, basketball, tennis, and track & field. In football, he rushed for more than 4,500 yards and scored 69 touchdowns during his career at Porter-Gaud, and he rushed for 2,167 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He was named the team's MVP for three years, was a three-time All-Conference selection, and as a senior, he was also named the State Player of the Year in his classification and was a Regional All-Star selection in all division. He also led the team to a state title in 1996 and state runner-up honors during his senior year in 1997.

College careerEdit

Mughelli attended Wake Forest University, where he was a letterman for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team. A fullback in college, Ovie was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection at that position. He started every game in his senior year as a Demon Deacon, coming in with the third highest rushing touchdown record in school history. He was rated the No. 1 fullback by USA Today.

Professional careerEdit

 
Mughelli (34), playing special teams and attempting to tackle Najeh Davenport of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Mughelli was selected with the 134th overall pick (fourth round) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens; the choice was a compensatory pick. He was the second fullback selected in Baltimore's franchise history (the first was Steve Lee in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft); he was also the first ever Wake Forest player selected by the team.

It was during the 2006 season that Mughelli recorded his first ever NFL touchdown. He also went all-Pro for the first time in his career.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

In 2007, Mughelli signed with the Atlanta Falcons to block for running backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood. On March 2, Mughelli signed a 6-year, $18 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus.[1] The contract was the largest given to a fullback in NFL history at the time.

In 2010, Mughelli went all-Pro for the second time in his career, the first being in 2006, and was elected to his first ever Pro Bowl. He also recorded the fourth receiving touchdown of his career.

He was released by the Falcons on May 8, 2012.[2]

St. Louis RamsEdit

Mughelli signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams on July 28, 2012. He was released by the team on August 31, 2012.

Radio careerEdit

In 2012, Mughelli joined WZGC "92.9 the Game" sports station in Atlanta as a host.[3]

Sports hosting careerEdit

In 2014, Mughelli joined the all-digital sports network, 120 Sports. 120 Sports launched on June 25, 2014.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ovie Mughelli : USAToday.com - Ovie Mughelli Biography from USAToday.com". USA Today. Archived from the original on March 31, 2007.
  2. ^ Falcons, Atlanta. "Falcons Release Mughelli".
  3. ^ http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2012/10/28/the-sports-kings-introducing-ovie-mughelli-the-radio-guy/

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