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Xavier Oyekola Adibi (born October 18, 1984) is an American football coach and former player. He is the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M University–Commerce, a position he has held since December 2018. Adibi played professionally as a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) with the Houston Texans (2008–2010), Minnesota Vikings (2011), Chicago Bears (2012), and Tennessee Titans (2012). After playing college football at Virginia Tech, he was selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Xavier Adibi
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Adibi at Virginia Tech
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Personal information
Born: (1984-10-18) October 18, 1984 (age 35)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoebus
(Hampton, Virginia)
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:70
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Adibi attended and played high school football at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia, and graduated in 2003.

He helped the Phantoms win their first state championship. Phoebus' first undefeated season came during Adibi's senior year where the Phantoms won their second consecutive state championship. Adibi rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns in the 2002 state football game, while playing fullback, with future college teammate, D. J. Parker, as the quarterback.

Following his high school career, Adibi played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College careerEdit

Adibi and the Hokie defense take on the East Carolina Pirates

Adibi played college football at Virginia Tech. As a redshirt freshman in 2004, Adibi backed up Mikal Baquee. He was injured during the first game against USC and returned for a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Against Georgia Tech, Adibi had a prolific game, making eight tackles, including two sacks. He had a key game-saving sack on a Georgia Tech fourth quarter scoring drive. Georgia Tech had an opportunity to ice the game away, but Adibi's sack of Reggie Ball forced a field goal and kept it a one-score game, which Virginia Tech would ultimately rally to win.[1]

Adibi earned the starting inside linebacker[2] spot before the 2005 season and has held that position ever since.

In 2006, Adibi finished second on the team in tackles with 82. Following a 17-0 shutout of Virginia, he was honored as the ACC defensive lineman of the week for his performance, which included a forced fumble to set up the first (and winning) touchdown.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Adibi was drafted in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. On September 5, 2011, Adibi was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.[4]

On August 11, 2012, Adibi signed with the Chicago Bears.[5] He was released on August 31, 2012.[6]

On October 24, 2012, the Tennessee Titans signed Adibi to replace Zac Diles.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Adibi's older brother, Nathaniel Adibi, was a standout defensive end for the Hokies. Their father, Abiodun Adibi, was a college soccer player at Oklahoma State and is a professor at Hampton University.[8]


  1. ^ Stewart, Will (October 28, 2004). "Virginia Tech 34, Georgia Tech 20". TechSideline. Retrieved July 26, 2007.
  2. ^ Adibi plays the "backer" position in Tech's defense, which aligns as the linebacker closest to the short side of the field, normally lining up between the two defensive tackles or between the tackle and end on the short side of the field. He is "inside" the defensive linemen and thus an "inside" linebacker, not an outside linebacker.
  3. ^ "Adibi honored by ACC". November 27, 2006.
  4. ^ "Vikings bring in linebacker Adibi". September 4, 2011. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bears make roster moves on defense". Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  6. ^ Stites, Adam. "NFL Roster Cuts: Bears Release 21 Players, Including Josh McCown, Xavier Adibi". SB Nation. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  7. ^ "Titans sign Xavier Adibi".
  8. ^ Schlabach, Mark (September 30, 2005). "Adibi Gives Hokies a Top Weapon On Defense". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 26, 2007.

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