Oshiomogho Atogwe

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Oshiomogho Atogwe
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Atogwe at the Redskins 2011 training camp.
No. 21, 20
Position:Free safety
Personal information
Born: (1981-06-23) June 23, 1981 (age 38)
Windsor, Ontario
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Windsor (ON) Herman
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
CFL draft:2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:453
Forced fumbles:16
Fumble recoveries:8
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Oshiomogho Isaac "O.J." Atogwe (born June 23, 1981) is a Canadian former professional American football free safety who served most recently as the secondary coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). [1] He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford. Atogwe has also played for the Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit]

Atogwe attended high school at W.F. Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. While he was there he starred in football, soccer, basketball, and track and field. In basketball, he was a three-time All-City selection and was the league MVP as a senior. Atogwe was named All-Canada, All-Ontario and All-Academic. In football, he was a two-year starter at running back and cornerback and was named the league's Defensive MVP in 1999, under head coach Harry Lumley. He was also All-city as a running back. He was a league MVP in basketball as a senior and three-time All-City selection and competed in the long jump, triple jump and 200-metre dash (22.8) in track.

College career[edit]

Atogwe played college football and ran track for the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-10 conference where during his career he made nine interceptions. Atogwe redshirted as a freshman at Stanford in 2000. He appeared in every game as a reserve free safety in 2001, producing four tackles on special teams. Atogwe took over the strong safety position in 2002, going on to start the next 33 games. He led the team with 71 tackles (47 solos), a sack, a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles, three interceptions and four pass deflections. He was named team co-MVP and earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honours in 2003, as he again led the team with a career-high 90 tackles (54 solos), including five stops behind the line of scrimmage, two interceptions and eight pass deflections while manning the free safety position. He also led the FBS with six fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles. As a senior in 2004, Atogwe started all 11 games and finished with 76 tackles, four for a loss, four interceptions and seven passes broken up.

Atogwe also was a member of the Stanford track team in 2001 and 2002. He participated in the sprints and jumps, and his best marks in 2002 included 22' 10" in the long jump and 43' 3¾" in the triple jump. He was a Biological Sciences major.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
219 lb
(99 kg)
4.58 s 1.55 s 2.67 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
22 reps 30
All values from NFL Combine.[2][3]

Other notable measurements: 335-pound bench press, 525-pound squat, 285-pound power clean[2][3]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Atogwe was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the third round (66th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2005, Atogwe signed a three-year $1.6 million contract with the Rams.[4]

In his rookie year he played in 12 games, finishing the year with 11 tackles, one sack, an interception, and a fumble recovery. The following season, he finished the campaign with 72 tackles and three interceptions and forced five fumbles. In the 2007 season, Atogwe had a team and NFC-high 8 interceptions along with 75 tackles and one touchdown and forced two fumbles. On April 22, 2008, the Rams tendered Atogwe a one-year deal for $2.017 million which he signed to remain with the club.[5] In the 2008 season he recorded five interceptions to lead the Rams once again. He also recorded 83 tackles and forced six fumbles.

On February 19, 2009, the Rams used their franchise tag on Atogwe. The tag was the non-exclusive franchise which allowed other teams to negotiate with Atogwe, but if any signed him that team had to give the Rams two first-round picks as compensation. As part of the designation Atogwe received a one-year tender of $6.342 million.[6] On July 15, 2009 the Rams signed Atogwe to a one-year, $6.342 million contract.[7] On December 9, Atogwe was placed on injured reserve due to a dislocated right shoulder.

In June 2010 he signed a five-year contract worth $32 million with the Rams. The Rams released Atogwe on February 18, 2011.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On March 3, 2011, Atogwe agreed to terms on a five-year, $26 million deal with the Washington Redskins.[8] He made his first interception for the Redskins in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.[9] In Week 15 against the New York Giants, Atogwe made a leaping interception and returned it for 26 yards after London Fletcher deflected Eli Manning's pass to DJ Ware.[10] Atogwe played 13 games, starting eight of them, in the 2011 NFL season and recorded 60 combined tackles, one-half sacks, three interceptions, and six pass break-ups. He was released following the 2011 NFL season on March 12, 2012.[11]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Atogwe to a one-year contract on June 20, 2012.[12] However, Atogwe was waived on August 31.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

On December 18, 2018, it was announced on the Alliance of American Football website that Atogwe was hired to be the Memphis Express’s secondary coach. For the inaugural season of the league, he worked under head coach Mike Singletary.[1] On April 3, 2019, it was announced that the AAF would suspend all football operations. [14]


  1. ^ a b "Memphis Express Announces Coaching Staff Additions". Alliance of American Football. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Clan Ram
  3. ^ a b 900 Football.com
  4. ^ (July 28, 2005) Wednesday's Sports Transactions USA Today. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Parker, Jim. (April 22, 2008). Atogwe to sign $2M contract Windsor Star. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Wagoner, Nick (February 19, 2009). Rams Tag Atogwe St. Louis Rams.com Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  7. ^ (July 16, 2009) Rams safety Atogwe signs one-year, $6.34 million franchise tender NFL.com. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Washington Redskins sign O.J. Atogwe". Turf Show Times. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Game Balls, Gassers and Observations: Redskins-Eagles — Defense". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Maese, Rick (December 19, 2011). "Redskins vs. Giants: Washington's defense makes the big plays at the right times". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Jones, Mike (March 12, 2012). "Redskins release free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "Oshiomogho Atogwe to sign with Philadelphia Eagles". NFL.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL roster cuts you need to know". NFL.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  14. ^ Allen, Kevin (April 3, 2019). "AAF suspends football operations with two weeks left in regular season". USAToday.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.