Jack Ikegwuonu

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Jack Ikegwuonu
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Ikegwuonu with the Eagles in August 2009
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-07) January 7, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: Madison, Wisconsin
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention SN All-America honors (2005)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2006-2007)
  • Honorable mention PFW All-American (2006)
  • ESPN All-Bowl Team (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Jack Ikegwuonu (born January 7, 1986) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Early years[edit]

Ikegwuonou was born in Jackson, Mississippi to medical professionals, Patty and Fidelis Ikegwuonu, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended and played football at James Madison Memorial High School under head coach Gary Koplin. Ikegwuonu earned first-team all-state honors as a split end and defensive back, All-Midwest Region honors, and All-Area accolades. He was named the Big Eight Conference Wide Receiver of the Year, Big Eight Conference Defensive Back of the Year, and team MVP twice. In addition to football and basketball, Ikegwuonu played center field for his baseball team.[1]

College career[edit]

2005 season[edit]

Ikegwuonu garnered a Freshman All-American honorable mention by The Sporting News. He shared left cornerback duties starting at that position vs. Illinois, Penn State and Auburn adding another starting assignment at nickel back vs. Hawaii. Wearing jersey #27, Jack Ikegwuonu recorded 23 solo out of 26 tackles with two stops for a total of 6 yards in losses. He was responsible for deflecting 3 passes and intercepted 3 others for 63 yards in returns and one touchdowns.

2006 season[edit]

Ikegwuonu was selected as an All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches and media, adding second-team honors from the media. Although he was suspended briefly after his December arrest, he was allowed to play in the Citrus Bowl. He started all thirteen games at right cornerback, switching to jersey #6 from #27 and recording 38 solo out of 41 tackles with 3.5 stops for a total of 14 yards in losses, caused a fumble and recovered another for a 50-yard touchdown return. He was responsible for deflecting 11 passes and intercepted two passes for 28 return yards.

2007 season[edit]

Ikegwuonu was selected as an All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches and media. He started all thirteen games at right cornerback, recording 19 solo out 24 tackles with a league-high fifteen pass deflections and one interception for a 2-yard loss. He saw his main pass coverage assignments catch 38 passes for an average of 15.76 yards and five touchdowns.

Ikegwuonu elected to forgo his senior college season to enter the 2008 NFL Draft, but he injured his knee in January 2008 while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine.

College statistics[edit]

Defense Scoring
Year Team Total tackles Solo tackles Assists Forced fumbles Interceptions Yards Fumble TD Interception TD AGAINST
2005 WISC 26 23 3 0 3 63 1 0 Purdue
2006 WISC 41 35 6 1 2 28 0 1 Minnesota
2007 WISC 24 19 5 0 1 -2 0 0

Professional career[edit]

Ikegwuonu was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft after being projected as high as a first-round draft pick. He missed the entire 2008 season due to a knee injury during the 2008 NFL Combine and on July 22 was placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list.

He was waived on September 5, 2009. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 7, 2009. After cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended for four games for failing a drug test before the start of the 2008 NFC Championship game, Ikegwuonu was promoted to the active roster.[3] He played in his first regular season game in the NFL on November 22, 2009 against the Chicago Bears. He was waived on November 24 after the team signed Geoffrey Pope off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

Personal life[edit]

Ikegwuonu was charged with residential burglary and criminal trespass in Dekalb Illinois on November 26, 2006.[4] He was found not guilty on all charges by the presiding Judge Kurt Klein.[5] The primary reason for the expedient judicial decision was lack of evidence and witnesses.[6]

In November 2014, Ikegwuonu and his twin brother were arrested in Madison, Wisconsin, for allegedly committing five armed robberies. Police said money from the robberies was primarily used to purchase heroin.[7]

On March 11, 2015, Ikegwuonu and his twin brother pleaded guilty in a string of armed robberies that occurred in November. Police said the twins were using money from the robberies to buy heroin. Both are scheduled to be sentenced May 20, 2015.[8]


  1. ^ "NFL.com Draft bio". NFL.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Jack Ikegwuonu Stats". ESPN.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Andy (November 11, 2009). "Birds Lose Hobbs for Season; Hanson Suspended". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Ikegwuonu faces charges after weekend arrest". ESPN.com news services. November 30, 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Kapadia, Sheil (July 17, 2009). "Rosenhaus: Ikegwuonu acquitted". © 2011 Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Quick Hits". jackikegwuonu.com. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Novak, Bill (December 1, 2014). "Former Badger football player Jack Ikegwuonu arrested for alleged armed robberies". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.channel3000.com/news/former-badgers-cornerback-brother-plead-guilty-to-robberies/31740548

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