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Nnamdi Asomugha Announces Retirement

Former Cal defensive back retires after 11 NFL seasons.
By Cal Athletics on Fri, December 27, 2013

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Former Cal cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha officially announced his retirement after 11 NFL seasons on Friday. Asomugha signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Oakland Raiders and was joined at his announcement by legendary Raiders defensive backs Willie Brown, Lester Hughes and Charles Woodson.

Asomugha was drafted with the 31st overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by Oakland and spent his first eight seasons with the organization. Asomugha had a breakout year in 2006 when he ranked tied for second in the NFL with eight interceptions and earned his first All-Pro honors. Over the next four seasons, Asomugha developed into one of the premier cover corners in the NFL being targeted by opposing quarterbacks just 112 times and allowing only 41 completions from 2007-10. During his time with Oakland, Asomugha earned three Pro Bowl selections (2008-10), garnered All-Pro honors four times (2006, 2008-10) and was selected as a member of USA Today’s NFL All-Decade Team. Asomugha left Oakland after the 2010 season as a free agent and spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. Asomugha finished his NFL career with 407 tackles, 15 interceptions, 72 passes defended, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one touchdown in 157 games played (131 starts).

A native of Los Angeles, Asomugha finished his Cal career with 187 tackles, seven interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, 15 pass deflections, 3.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 41 games. Asomugha saw limited playing time on specials teams as a true freshman before an injury sidelined him for three games. He returned in 2000 as a starter at safety to make a team-leading 76 tackles. As a junior in 2001, Asomugha had three interceptions, two of which came against Stanford, and 54 tackles. Asomugha returned for his senior season as a captain of the 2002 team and tallied 54 tackles, three interceptions, including an 85-yard interception return against Arizona State and 13 passes defended.

Off the field, Asomugha has remained dedicated to his philanthropic endeavors, serving as Chairman for the Asomugha Foundation that operates Orphans & Widows In Need (OWIN) and Asomugha College Tours for Scholars (ACTS). For his community involvement, Asomugha was presented the NFL Players Association’s 44th annual Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year honor in 2010 and was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011.


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