Larry Asante

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Larry Asante
No. 42 Oakland Raiders
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-07) March 7, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Alexandria, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 38
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 1
Stats at

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.

Early years[edit]

Asante was born in Alexandria, Virginia.[1] 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.[2]

College career[edit]

Coffeyville Community College[edit]

Asante registered 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and an interception as a linebacker at Coffeyville Community College.[2]


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.[2]

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[2]

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Cleveland Browns selected Asante with the fifth round (160th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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[edit]

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.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Asante signed a reserve/future contract with the Indianapolis Colts on December 31, 2012.[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Asante signed with the Oakland Raiders on August 6, 2014.[4] Larry had, by far, his greatest season in his NFL career, with 24 tackles, which rose his career total to 38. He forced one fumble against the Chiefs. (November 24th 2014) His season ended with a quad injury against the Chiefs on the same day.


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