No. 48 Oakland Raiders
|Date of birth:March 7, 1988|
|Place of birth: Alexandria, Virginia|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Roster status: Injured reserve|
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Larry Asante (born March 7, 1988) is an American football safety for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.
Asante was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Annandale High School where he played under legendary defensive coordinator Billy Edwards and after his parents divorced he was moved to the hayfield boundary where he later attended Hayfield Secondary School for his senior year where he played on both the defense and offense. Here he earned all-league honors as a running back in the AAA Patriot Division.
Coffeyville Community College
Asante entered the 2007 season as the starting strong safety after transitioning from linebacker in the spring. He played in twelve games, starting ten of them.
Asante started twelve games of the thirteen he played in 2008. He finished the 2008 season as Nebraska's second-leading tackler with 67 tackles, including 45 solo tackles. He made at least five tackles in eight games, led by a career-high 13 stops at Oklahoma.
Asante finished his last year at Nebraska with a career-high 79 tackles, including 42 solo stops. He forced two fumbles and recorded two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He started all 14 games in 2009 for a unit that led the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. He was selected to the first-team All-Big 12 team by conference coaches and Rival.com.
Asante and the Browns agreed to a four-year contract worth about $1.96 million on July 16, 2010.
Asante was waived by the Cleveland Browns on September 4, 2010.
On September 5, 2010 Asante was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Asante was signed off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad after a season-ending injury to starting rookie Cody Grimm. He appeared in the final two games of the 2010 season, recording an interception against Drew Brees in the season finale against the New Orleans Saints. He was released on August 30, 2012.
- Wilkening, Mike. "Raiders add safety Larry Asante". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
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