Kenny Onatolu

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Kenny Onatolu
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-10-08) October 8, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Papillion (NE) La Vista
College: Nebraska–Omaha
Undrafted: 2007
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles: 49
Sacks: 0
INTs: 0
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Olayiwola Kendae "Kenny" Onatolu (born October 8, 1982) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Nebraska-Omaha.

Onatolu has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.

Personal life[edit]

Onatolu earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and aspires to have a career in broadcasting. He has an identical twin brother named Taiwo, who was his teammate at Nebraska-Omaha and now is a graduate assistant on the Mavericks’ staff. Onatolu was born in Chicago, but spent 3 years as a child in his parents' home country of Nigeria. His father is a business professor.


Kenny earned Division II All-America honors as a junior and senior by, and recorded 324 career total tackles in his collegiate career, 5th in school history. He was named All-North Central Conference after each of his 4 seasons (2nd team his sophomore year), and captured team’s Outstanding LB award in 2005 and Defensive MVP award in 2006. Kenny was also a member of the Super 6 comedy team.

Professional career[edit]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

After going undrafted in 2007, Onatolu attended an Edmonton Eskimos minicamp after his twin brother Taiwo had a similar experience. He was invited to training camp and eventually made the team.

During his rookie season in the CFL, Onatolu recorded eight tackles and a sack. The following season in 2008, he recorded 59 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Onatolu was signed to a future contract by the Minnesota Vikings on December 31, 2008. He made the team as a backup linebacker and was one of the leaders on special teams for the Vikings.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Onatolu was signed to a three-year contract by the Carolina Panthers on March 16, 2012. After playing in just four games in the 2012 season, Onatolu was released by the Panthers on April 16, 2013.[1]