Chris Ogbonnaya

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Chris Ogbonnaya
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Ogbonnaya in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 26     Carolina Panthers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-20) May 20, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Missouri City, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 211
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2008)
  • BCS National Champion (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Rushing yards 660
Rushing average 4.6
Rushing TDs 1
Receiving yards 714
Receiving TDs 2
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Irem "Chris" Ogbonnaya (OH-bə-NY-u; born May 20, 1986) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Texas.

He has also played for the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns.

Early years[edit]

Chris played football at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman who helped his team post a 27-5 record during his varsity career. As the team's leading rusher, he helped his squad to a 9-2 mark as a senior making 20 catches for 500 yards and four touchdowns with 270 yards rushing and two TDs that year. He caught 22 passes for 530 yards and eight TDs with 500 yards rushing and eight more TDs as a junior and also returned a kickoff for a TD that year while leading his team to an 8-3 record as a junior. He was the Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year honors[1] that season and on defense he had 57 tackles, three TFL and eight PBUs as a cornerback in 2002. He had 30 receptions for 600 yards and 10 TDs and added five interceptions from his cornerback spot for a 10-0 squad his sophomore year. He lettered in basketball for two years also lettered in track & field for three years.

College career[edit]

Ogbonnaya playing for Texas

Ogbonnaya attended the University of Texas where he was a four-year letterman who appeared in 47 games at running back and on special teams. Career totals were 140 carries for 597 yards (4.3 ypc) and eight TDs and made 75 receptions for 792 yards and three TDs. He appeared in all 13 games, starting seven, in 2008 and earned honorable mention All-Big 12. He carried the ball 74 times for 373 yards (5.0 ypc) and four TDs and recorded 46 receptions for 540 yards and three TDs, including a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado. He appeared in all 13 games at tailback and on special teams in 2007 and had 26 carries for 66 yards and two TDs and 21 receptions for 204 yards. He also returned four kickoffs for 74 yards and had one special teams tackle. He played in all 13 games at fullback and on special teams in 2006 and rushed 18 times for 82 yards and a TD and caught seven passes for 45 yards. He saw action in eight games during Texas' 2005 National Championship season and rushed 22 times for 76 yards and a TD. He moved to tailback after spending his redshirt season as a wide receiver.

Academically, Ogbonnaya was a member of the National Honor Society and a prep honor student who maintained better than a 3.5 GPA while at Texas. He was named Crusader of the Year as a sophomore, a distinction that recognizes academics and athletics. Ogbonnaya was also a four-time First-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-11¾ * 220 * 4.57 * 1.49 * 2.65 * 4.29 * 6.85 * 35" * 9'03" * 19 * 26 *
* represents NFL Combine

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Ogbonnaya was drafted in the 7th round (211th overall pick) in the 2009 NFL Draft. On July 19, 2009 the Rams agreed to terms with Ogbonnaya on a four-year contract, including a $66,000 signing bonus.

Ogbonnaya was promoted to the active roster on November 28, 2009.

Houston Texans[edit]

Ogbonnaya was signed to the Houston Texans' practice squad on September 5, 2010. He was re-signed that off-season, but was waived at the end of training camp. He was re-signed to the practice squad for 2011, but was promoted to the active roster on September 27, 2011. He was later released and re-signed to the practice squad.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Cleveland Browns signed him off of the Texans' practice squad on October 18, 2011.[2] In his Cleveland Browns debut the following Sunday, he had three rushing attempts for 15 yards, and five receptions for 43 yards. He has since had two outstanding games against the St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars totaling 205 yards and 1 rushing touchdown.

During the October 7, 2012 game versus the New York Giants, Ogbonnaya received a pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and took it down field for 38 yards - resulting in the longest reception of his career (second longest play from scrimmage). Ogbonnaya commemorated the second greatest moment of his career by performing the "Pilot Boy" (arms raised shoulder length, whilst running across the field) celebration.

On March 14, 2013, the Browns re-signed Ogbonnaya to a two-year contract.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On September 29, 2014, the Carolina Panthers signed Ogbonnaya.[3]

Professional Statistics[edit]

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP Rec Tgts Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 STL 2 1 2 19 19.0 19 0 11 50 4.5 18 0 0 0
2011 HOU 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2.0 4 0 0 0
2011 CLE 11 23 31 165 7.2 19 0 73 334 4.6 40 1 2 1
2012 CLE 15 24 32 187 7.8 38 0 8 30 3.8 9 0 1 1
2013 CLE 16 48 75 343 7.1 17 2 49 240 4.9 43 0 2 2
Total 46 96 140 714 7.4 38 2 144 660 4.6 43 1 5 4

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