Romeo Blue Okwara (born June 17, 1995) is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Romeo Okwara
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Okwara in 2016
No. 95 – Detroit Lions
Position:Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-17) June 17, 1995 (age 24)
Lagos, Nigeria[1]
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Ardrey Kell
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
College:Notre Dame
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:95
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

Okwara signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016.[2] Okwara made his first start replacing Jason Pierre-Paul in a 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on December 11, 2016.[3]

On October 17, 2017, Okwara was placed on injured reserve with a knee sprain.[4] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on December 19, 2017.[5]

On September 4, 2018, Okwara was waived by the Giants.[6]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 5, 2018, Okwara was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.[7] On October 7, 2018, against the Green Bay Packers, Okwara strip sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a fumble recovery.[8] He played in 15 games with 15 starts, finishing with 39 combined tackles, a team-leading 7.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

On March 1, 2019, Okwara signed a two-year contract extension with the Lions.[9]


  1. ^ Williams, Lauren. "Lions' Romeo Okwara on the rice that fed his childhood". mLive. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 6, 2016). "Giants sign four draft picks & 14 undrafted free agents". Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Undrafted free agent Romeo Okwara making Giant impression in preseason". August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Eisen, Michael (October 17, 2017). "Giants place DE Romeo Okwara on IR, claim LB Nigel Harris off waivers".
  5. ^ Eisen, Michael (December 19, 2017). "Giants activate DE Romeo Okwara".
  6. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2018). "Giants sign DT John Jenkins, waive DE Romeo Okwara".
  7. ^ "Lions awarded DE Romeo Okwara via waivers from New York Giants". September 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Romeo Okwara strips Aaron Rodgers for fumble". October 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Gordon, Grant (March 1, 2019). "Lions, DE Romeo Okwara agree on 2-year contract".

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