Ayodele with the Dolphins in 2009
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|Date of birth:||September 17, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Dallas, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Irving (TX) MacArthur|
|NFL draft:||2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89|
Career NFL statistics
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Akinola James "Akin" Ayodele (/ /; born September 17, 1979) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.
After graduating from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Ayodele was a three-year starter at defensive end at Purdue University, after transferring from Coffeyville Community College. He finished his career with 194 tackles (131 solo), 29 sacks, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 11 pass deflections. He was named the Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman at the 2001 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl.
Ayodele was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference as a senior and second-team All-Conference as a sophomore and junior. He is tied with Jeff Zgonina for second on Purdue's career-record list with 29 sacks, topped only by Rosevelt Colvin with 33.
Ayodele played four seasons at outside linebacker for the Jaguars, recording his best season in 2003 with 115 total tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.
In 2006, Ayodele signed a five-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, and was converted to inside linebacker to help shore up their run defense. Coincidentally, as a child growing up in Irving, Ayodele was a ball boy for the Cowboys.
On April 25, 2008, Ayodele was traded along with tight end Anthony Fasano to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick (100th Overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was released on March 5, 2010.
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