American Football Database
Chidi Iwuoma
No. 40, 29, 28     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-02-19) February 19, 1978 (age 44)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
College: California
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2001 2002)*
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XL)
Tackles     74
Pass deflections     4
INTs     0
Stats at

Chidi Iwuoma (born February 19, 1978) is a former American football cornerback who is currently a scout for BLESTO. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at California.

Iwuoma has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He won Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks with the Steelers.[1]

Early years

Iwuoma's parents were Nigerian immigrants. Chidi Iwuoma attended Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California.[2] He then attended the University of California, Berkeley where he played football. At California, Iwuoma returned kicks and punts while also playing cornerback.[3]

Chidi Iwuoma is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.[4]

Professional career

Detroit Lions

Iwuoma signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent following the 2001 NFL Draft.[5]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Iwuoma primarily played on special teams while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers following the 2005 season. Iwuoma was elected the special teams co-captain for two consecutive seasons.[5] In 2006, he underwent shoulder surgery but returned in time for pre-season camp. During the pre-season he suffered a concussion and was released on September 6.[6]

New England Patriots

Iwuoma signed with the New England Patriots on October 4, 2006.[7] He was released on October 31.[8]

St. Louis Rams

A few weeks after his release from the Patriots, Iwuoma signed with the St. Louis Rams on November 14.[9] He was released again on November 28.[10]

Return to Pittsburgh

On December 5, 2006, with four games remaining in the season, the Steelers re-signed Iwuoma.[11] Iwuoma ended his 2006 season with the Steelers but dislocated his wrist.[12] He was re-signed on March 16, 2007 as an unrestricted free agent.[5] The Steelers waived Iwuoma as a final cut on September 2.[13]

Tennessee Titans

He was signed by the Titans on December 26, 2007.[14] He became an unrestricted free agent after the season.[15]

After professional career

Iwuoma worked with the University of California's Athletic Study Center from 2009-2012, where he served as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development. In May 2013 he joined the Steelers as their designated BLESTO scout.[16]


  1. "Chidi Iwuoma". NFL. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  2. "Chidi Iwuoma". Cal Golden Bears. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  3. Green, Jared (September 1, 2000). "Stepping out of the shadows, into the spotlight". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Steelers Re-Sign Chidi Iwuoma". March 16, 2007. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  6. "Steelers sign St. Pierre, cut Iwuoma". The Pittsburgh Tribune. September 7, 2006. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  7. "Patriots sign veteran free agent CB Chidi Iwuoma; Sign first-year OT Sean Bubin to practice squad". October 4, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  8. "Patriots release CB Chidi Iwuoma and C Brian Barthelmes". October 31, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  9. "Panthers' Foster suffers elbow injury". USA Today. October 20, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  10. "Transactions". New York Times. November 29, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  11. Bouchette, Ed (December 5, 2006). "Steelers release Staley; add Mays, Iwuoma to roster". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  12. "Steelers place Brown, Iwuoma on injured reserve list". Pittsburgh Tribune. December 20, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2010.[dead link]
  13. Dulac, Gerry (September 2, 2007). "Haynes, Okobi top list of cuts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  14. "Titans sign former Steelers DB Iwuoma". Associated Press. Pittsburgh Tribune. December 20, 2007. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  15. Ketchman, Vic (February 25, 2008). "This year's free-agent bargains". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  16. "Steelers Hire Chidi Iwuoma as BLESTO Scout". Steelers News. Retrieved 10 June 2013.