Emil Igwenagu

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Emil Igwenagu
No. 44     Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Worcester (MA) Holy Name
College: Massachusetts
Undrafted in 2012
Debuted in 2012 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions 0
Receiving yards 0
Touchdowns 0
Stats at NFL.com

Emil Igwenagu (born March 27, 1989) is an American football fullback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He made his NFL debut on December 13, 2012 against the Cincinnati Bengals, making one tackle on special teams.

College career[edit]

Igwenagu attended the University of Massachusetts where he played both fullback and tight end. He earned all-conference honors during his senior season.[1] At the end of his senior year, Igwenagu was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.[2] Going into the draft, scouts projected Igwenagu to be taken in the late rounds because he had potential on special teams.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Igwenagu was not drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.[1] He played multiple positions during the Eagles' training camp, but impressed coaches the most while playing tight end when Brent Celek got injured during camp.[4] Igwenagu didn't make the team out of camp, but was signed to the practice squad. Ironically, it was another injury to Celek that allowed Igwenagu to be promoted to the active roster from the practice squad on December 11, 2012.[5][6] After Eagles tight end Clay Harbor was placed on injured reserve, Igwenagu and Celek were the only two tight ends on the active roster. Igwenagu played in his first game on December 13, 2012.[7] He was released by the Eagles on August 23, 2014. He was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 25, 2014[8] He was released by the Detroit Lions on August 30, 2014 during final roster cuts.[9] Igwenagu was signed to the Lions Practice Squad on August 31, 2014.


  1. ^ a b Toland, Jennifer (19 August 2012). "Emil Igwenagu catches eye of Eagles". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dyer, Kristian (23 February 2012). "UMass' next NFL star? Emil Igwenagu hopes so". Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Jeff (27 April 2012). "UMass captain Emil Igwenagu's draft prospect in eye of beholder". The Republican. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Bedard, Greg (19 August 2012). "Igwenagu making push for Eagles". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wulf, Bo. "FB/TE Igwenagu Promoted". Philadelphia Eagles - News. Philadelphia Eagles. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Eagles to add Emil Igwenagu to active roster". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Eagles Media Guide - Emil Igwenagu". Eagles Media Guide. Philadelphia Eagles. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "https://twitter.com/TomPelissero/status/5039993769443000332". 
  9. ^ http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2014/8/29/6083967/lions-roster-cuts-2014-tracker

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