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|Date of birth:August 9, 1977|
|Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York|
|High school: Staten Island (NY) Tottenville|
|Undrafted in 2000|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Miami Dolphins|
|Last played in 2010 for the Houston Texans|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Adewale Ogunleye (/ /; born August 9, 1977) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Indiana.
Ogunleye is of Nigerian background, and his grandfather was the Yoruba king of the city-state of Emure in Ekiti State. Ogun in his surname means "The god of iron." His father is a social worker employed by the City of New York.
Ogunleye played high school football at Tottenville High School in his hometown of Staten Island, New York City, New York. He was a classmate of Major League baseball All Star starting pitcher Jason Marquis and a teammate of three-time Super Bowl winning offensive guard Joe Andruzzi.
Ogunleye played college football at Indiana University, where he was a four-year starter. He was also a three time ALL-BIG TEN selection. In 1999, he received his Bachelor of Arts in English Degree from Indiana University. Athletically, Adewale went on to become a 4-year starter at defensive end as well as a team captain. From 1996-1999, Adewale recorded 34.5 sacks and 64 tackles for a loss. Both are all-time Indiana football records. His sacks and TFL’s rank him sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference’s all time record books. At Indiana, Ogunleye was a three time All-Big selection. In 1999, he was also named to the prestigious Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. As one of the nation's top defensive players, Ogunleye was recognized as a preseason All-America by numerous publications including Playboy Magazine. Mel Kiper Jr., a well-respected draft guru, rated Ogunleye as the number 1 NFL draft prospect heading into his senior year at Indiana. Mid-way through his senior season, Ogunleye suffered multiple tears in the ligaments of his left knee, ending his college career.
Ogunleye signed with Miami in 2000 as an undrafted free agent. He spent the first year of his NFL career on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered during his senior year at Indiana. In 2001, Ogunleye had recovered well enough to lead the team during the preseason in sacks and that earned him a spot on the Dolphins’ 53-man roster. By the end of his fourth season with the Miami Dolphins, Ogunleye had been voted starter in the 2004 NFL Pro Bowl. He led the AFC with 15 sacks in the 2003-2004 NFL season. He was given the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player of the year award, by the Miami Dolphins, that same season.
In 2002, Ogunleye had 57 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 9.5 sacks (sixth in the AFC) for 62 yards in losses for the season. During the 2003 NFL season, while playing for the Miami Dolphins, he led the AFC with 15 sacks. Ogunleye was named to the Pro Bowl at the conclusion of the season.
He was traded by the Dolphins to Bears for wide receiver Marty Booker and a 3rd round pick in the 2005 NFL draft after holding out during the month of August before the 2004 NFL season. Ogunleye quickly signed a record-breaking 6-year contract with the Bears. During the next six seasons Ogunleye became a mainstay on the Bears top ranked defense. During the 2005 NFL season, Ogunleye spearheaded the Bear's defensive line by recording ten sacks. Ogunleye was named team captain and helped the Bears reach Super Bowl XLI in Miami during the 2006 season. At the end of the 2011 season, Ogunleye would end his professional playing career. He finished with 11 NFL seasons under his belt. He finished with career totals of 389 Tackles, 67.5 Sacks, 17 forced fumbles, and 14 fumble recoveries, 2 safeties and 1 Interception.
During the 2005 NFL season, Ogunleye spearheaded the Bear's defensive line by recording ten sacks. Ogunleye helped the Bears reach Super Bowl XLI in Miami, where he began his career, during the 2006 season.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
- Trip to Nigeria an emotional one for Ogunleye - Chicago Bears
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- "Adewale Ogunleye Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 April 2014.