Ifeanyi Ohalete

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Ifeanyi Ohalete
No. 26, 25
Position: Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-05-22) May 22, 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth: Springfield, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Alamitos (CA)
College: Southern California
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 78
Games started: 50
Interceptions: 8
Touchdowns: 1
Fumble recoveries: 5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ifeanyi Ohalete (born May 22, 1979) is a former American football strong safety in National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC.

Early life[edit]

Ohalete born Springfield, Illinois. He attended and played football for Los Alamitos High School.

College career[edit]

Ohalete played college football at the University of Southern California. He is remembered by many USC Trojans fans as the player who committed an unnecessary roughness penalty after a failed fourth down attempt giving the University of Notre Dame a crucial first down and allowing the Irish to complete a 21-point second half comeback in 1999.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Ohalete played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. He came to Arizona on waivers from the Washington Redskins, where he played 47 games with 24 starts from 2001-2003. He entered the NFL with Washington in 2001 as a college free agent.

Ohalete played the 2005 season as the starting Strong Safety for the eventual 2005 AFC North Division Champion Cincinnati Bengals.

He played in 2007 for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League, and was second on the team in tackles.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2001 WSH 16 9 7 2 0.0 0 0 0 1 12 12 12 0 1
2002 WSH 16 67 50 17 1.0 1 1 0 3 109 36 78 1 6
2003 WSH 15 103 80 23 0.0 0 1 0 3 60 20 30 0 8
2004 ARI 16 70 57 13 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2005 CIN 15 56 41 15 0.0 0 0 0 1 15 15 15 0 2
Career 78 305 235 70 1.0 2 3 0 8 196 25 78 1 25

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal[edit]

Ohalete is of Nigerian descent. His father is a Nigerian immigrant from Mbano in Imo State.

Ohalete ran into some drama in 2004 with Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins. Portis came to the Redskins in a blockbuster trade that involved Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. Portis had worn the number 26, and Ohalete had the number. Portis agreed to buy the rights to the number from Ohalete, but Ohalete later sued Portis to force payment. The case was settled before trial, but not before Portis challenged Ohalete to a boxing match to determine the rightful owner of the number. The match never happened.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ifeanyi Ohalete Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Portis, Ohalete Reach Settlement On No. 26 Jersey". The Washington Post. June 7, 2005. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 

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