|Born:||April 24, 1983|
Grand Prairie, Texas
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||318 lb (144 kg)|
|High school:||South Grand Prairie|
(Grand Prairie, Texas)
|College:||Oklahoma and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Remilekun "Remi" Ayodele (born April 22, 1983) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Ayodele attended South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he played as a defensive tackle. He moved on to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, before transferring after his sophomore season to the University of Oklahoma. In his two years with the Sooners he played in 24 games (8 starts), while registering 22 tackles and 4 sacks.
Ayodele went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft, but was signed as a rookie free agent by the New England Patriots on May 8, before being released on June 16. On July 27, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens and was cut on September 4.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
On September 3, 2007, he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, but was released before the season opener on September 7.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
On September 11, 2007, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys for depth purposes, after starting nose tackle Jason Ferguson was lost for the year with a biceps injury. He appeared in 7 games as was declared inactive for 5 contests, as a backup to nose tackle Jay Ratliff, who was moved from defensive end to replace Ferguson.
New Orleans Saints (first stint)
On September 3, 2008, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 4. On November 11 he was cut and re-signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster again on December 21.
In 2009, he became a starter (13 starts) at left defensive tackle after Kendrick Clancy injured his knee in the season opener. On October 4, he scored his first touchdown after defensive lineman Will Smith forced Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to fumble, with Ayodele recovering the ball and returning it for a touchdown. On January 24, 2010, he recovered a fumble in the NFC Championship Game. He was a part of the Super Bowl XLIV winning team.
In 2010, he started all 16 games, posting 37 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. In his Saints career, he appeared in 37 games, with 29 starts at nose tackle, while posting 133 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, one forced fumble and on fumble recovery, which came in the end zone for a touchdown.
On July 28, 2011, he signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings, with the intention of replacing the veteran Pat Williams. He played in 16 games (13 starts), registering 15 tackles and 1½ sacks. He was released on March 21, 2012.
New Orleans Saints (second stint)
- "Patriots Waive DL Remi Ayodele and WR Jakari Wallace". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Vikings dump Ayodele, agree to terms with Schwartz". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- Vikings to cut ex-Saint Remi Ayodele, but not for bounty scandal
- "Saints sign DT Remi Ayodele", Associated Press at ESPN.com, May 7, 2012.
- "Saints show confidence in rookie DT Hicks", August 27, 2012.
- Calvin Watkins, "Younger Ayodele finds home with Saints: Ex-Cowboy blossomed with New Orleans, beat big brother to Super Bowl", ESPN.com, February 4, 2010.