Ekejiuba in November 2008
|Position:||Linebacker/ Special teamer|
October 5, 1981 |
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Suffield (CT) Academy|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Isaiah Afamefuna Ekejiuba [Eck-ah-ju-buh] (born October 5, 1981) is a former Nigerian-American linebacker of American football. He was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Virginia.
Ekejiuba was born in Nigeria and lived throughout parts of Africa, China and London while his mother worked for the United Nations, before moving to upstate New York where his mother taught at Colgate University. Ekejiuba attended high school at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut. At Suffield, Ekejiuba played football his senior year and excelled in soccer, basketball and track.
Ekejiuba was on the Virginia football roster in the 2002 season as a wide receiver, but did not play in the whole season.
Prior to the 2003 season, he switched his position to linebacker. Leading the special teams, Ekejiuba was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the season. He played on the punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units.
A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Ekejiuba was tendered a one-year contract by the Raiders. He was re-signed on April 14.
Ekejiuba was a 3rd alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl on special teams.
On July 8, 2010 Ekejiuba was released.
The son of the late Felicia Ekejiuba, Ekejiuba has two brothers, Ben Umezurike and Sam Ekejiuba, and two sisters, Ada Umezurike and Felicia Ekejiuba. At the University of Virginia, he majored in electrical engineering.