Daniel Adongo

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Daniel Adongo
No. 56 Indianapolis Colts
Position: Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-12) 12 October 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Strathmore School
College: University of Pretoria
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 2
Tackles: 0
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Daniel Ojambo Adongo (born (1989-10-12)12 October 1989) is a Kenyan American football player for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League and former rugby union player.

Rugby union[edit]

Daniel Adongo
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ojambo Adongo
Born (1989-10-12) 12 October 1989 (age 25)
Nairobi, Kenya
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112 kg (247 lb)
School(s) attended Strathmore School
University University of Pretoria
Club information
Playing position Lock / Flanker
Youth career
–2006 Kenya Harlequins
2007–10 Natal Sharks
Amateur team(s)
Years Team
2012 UP Tuks 3 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2011 Natal Sharks 10 (15)
2012 Blue Bulls 8 (5)
2012 Counties Manukau 9 (0)
2013 Kings 5 (0)
2013 Eastern Province Kings 4 (0)
Representative team(s)
Kenya U-18 ()
Kenya U-21 ()

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 28 June 2013.

† Appearances (Points).

As a rugby player, he can play either as a lock or a flanker and last played Super Rugby for the Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby season.[1][2]


In Kenya, he played for Strathmore School, where he was also crowned Sportsman of the Year. He joined the Kenya Harlequins junior team. He was spotted by South African scouts at the 2006 Safari Sevens tournament, playing in the schools category for Strathmore School. In 2007, he joined to the Natal Sharks academy. He progressed from Under–19 level in 2008 to Under–21 level in 2010.


He was included in the Sharks XV squad for the 2010 Vodacom Cup, but failed to play in any matches. He did play in twelve Under–21 matches later in the year and was once again included in the squad for the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition, where he made his debut in the opening match of the season, a 30–19 victory over the Blue Bulls.[3] He made a total of ten appearances in that competition, scoring three tries. He was also included in the Natal Sharks squad for the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division, but failed to feature in that competition.

Blue Bulls[edit]

At the end of 2011, he was signed by the Blue Bulls. He made eight appearances for them in the 2012 Vodacom Cup, but he was then released from his contract after just six months to join New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.[4]

Counties Manukau[edit]

He joined Counties Manukau prior to the 2012 ITM Cup. He made his debut against Southland[5] and played in eight matches for them on their way to winning the Championship and subsequent promotion to the Premiership.[6] However, he wasn't named in their 2013 squad.[7]


He joined the Kings from Counties Manukau for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[8] He was an unused substitute in the Kings' historic first ever match against the Force,[9] but he did make his Super Rugby debut the following week, coming on as a late substitute against his former team the Sharks.[10] He also appeared against the Chiefs and then made his first Super Rugby start against the Crusaders in Christchurch.[11] However, after another substitute appearance against the Brumbies, he fell below Rynier Bernardo in the pecking order and reverted to playing domestic rugby, playing three matches for the Eastern Province Kings in the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition. One more substitute appearance in the home victory over the Highlanders followed, as well as playing the opening match of the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season, but his season then came to a premature end following a torn bicep injury.[12]

Varsity Cup[edit]

He also played for UP Tuks in the 2012 Varsity Cup, playing in three matches.


Internationally, he played for the Kenyan Under–18 and Under–21 national teams, and, although he initially expressed a desire to play for South Africa internationally,[13] he declared himself available for Kenya for the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying series.[14]

American football[edit]

On 25 July 2013, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts announced that they signed Adongo as an outside linebacker despite the fact that he had no prior American football experience.[15][16] After spending time as a member of the Colts' practice squad, Adongo was added to the Colts' active roster on 3 December 2013.[17] Adongo appeared in two games for the Colts in 2013, but did not record a tackle.

On August 7, 2014, Adongo received a bicep injury during a pre-season game, and was waived with the injury designation by the Colts the following day. When he cleared waivers, he reverted to the Indianapolis Colts' injured reserve.[18]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Profile". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "It's Rugby Profile". It's Rugby. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sharks XV vs Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Nel, Brenden (10 July 2012). "Bulls throw Adongo away". SuperSport. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Apted, Alan (29 August 2012). "Umaga cracks the whip". Papakura Courier. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Adongo credits Counties experience for development". All Blacks. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Steelers 2013 Squad Announced". Counties Manukau. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kings lure Adongo to PE". Sport24. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Southern Kings vs Force". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Southern Kings vs Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Crusaders vs Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "OP Shakes én Parkes kwyt teen vlugvoetige Luiperds". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Kenya: Adongo Almost a Springbok". Daily Nation. All Africa. 16 November 2011. pp. Nyende, Charles. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Paarwater turns to Adongo for Rugby World Cup qualifiers". The Star. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Colts Make Roster Moves". Indianapolis Colts. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Berman, Eric (29 July 2013). "Newest Colt Brings Experience in Rugby, Not Football". WIBC (FM). Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Hanzus, Dan (3 December 2013). "Daniel Adongo joins Indianapolis Colts' active roster". National Football League. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Make Roster Moves". colts.com. Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved 9 August 2014.