Nnamdi Asomugha (born July 6, 1981) is a former All-Pro NFL defensive back from Los Angeles, California. Nnamdi began his professional football career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. A four-time All-Pro selection, Asomugha emerged as one of the League’s best defensive backs, earning him starting positions in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Pro Bowls. During the 2011 off season, Asomugha was considered the top free agent on the market, and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. On December 27, 2013 he signed a one-day contract with the Oakland Raiders and retired after 11 seasons in the NFL. Prior to joining the NFL, Asomugha was a standout free safety at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in Corporate Finance.
Asomugha made his first professional acting debut in 2008 on The CW Network sitcom The Game. In 2009, he played the role of Ken Shaw in the season premiere of Friday Night Lights Season 4. In 2010, He appeared on the TNT drama Leverage as Walle in the Season 3 episode “The Scheherazade Job”. In the fall of 2012 Nnamdi appeared in his first feature length film, Fire With Fire, alongside Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson. In 2012 he wrote, produced and starred in his first short film entitled Double Negative.
Nnamdi is the Chairman of The Asomugha Foundation, a 501(3)c he founded with his family. The Foundation works to support two key programs: Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) and Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN). ACTS is an 18-month long mentorship program through which he personally takes a group of high-achieving high school students on an all-expenses paid trip to a city where they visit the local colleges and universities. Upon their return the students engage in leadership, civic and humanitarian activities, demonstrating that success is also found in giving back. OWIN was founded by Nnamdi’s mother, Dr. Lilian Asomugha, and works to position widows and orphans in Africa, for economic success and independence through education, spiritual guidance and vocational training.
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