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Frank Omiyale
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Omiyale with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012
No. 70, 76, 68, 65     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-23) November 23, 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Tennessee Tech
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 163
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 2005 2006)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-OVC (2004)
Games played     75
Games started     33
Stats at NFL.com

Frank Tayo Omiyale (/ˈmjɑːl/ OH-mee-yahl; born November 23, 1982) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee Tech.

Omiyale also played for the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, and the Seattle Seahawks.

Early yearsEdit

Omiyale attended Whites Creek Comprehensive High School in Whites Creek, Tennessee. In football, he was twice voted as the team's Most Valuable Lineman, and won All-Region honors, and second team All-State honors. He also lettered in basketball, and competed in shot put and discus on the track and field team.

College careerEdit

Omiyale played for Tennessee Tech for four years from 2001–2004. As a senior in 2004, he made the All-America team, won All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, and graded 90.5 for blocking consistency to lead the NCAA Division I-AA in that statistical category.

Omiyale was inducted into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November 2015.[1]

Professional careerEdit

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Atlanta FalconsEdit

Omiyale was selected in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

As a rookie in 2005, Omiyale was inactive for all 16 regular season games for the Falcons. In 2006, he made his first NFL appearance for the Falcons in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 22, 2006. He was placed on waivers by the Falcons on September 1, 2007.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On September 2, 2007, Omiyale was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers. However, he was inactive for all 16 regular season games for the Panthers in 2007.

On October 5, 2008, Omiyale made his first NFL regular season start, replacing the injured left tackle Jordan Gross who was out with a concussion.[2]

Chicago BearsEdit

Omiyale signed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Chicago Bears on February 27, 2009.[3] He was released by the team on March 1, 2012.[4][5]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On March 21, 2012, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Omiyale had agreed to terms with the team.[6] After spending the 2012season in Seattle, Omiyale retired from the NFL.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Frank Omiyale to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 13". November 10, 2015. http://www.ttusports.com/z_hall_of_fame/2015_Hall_of_Fame/11_10_Omiyale_Hall_of_Fame.
  2. Associated Press (October 5, 2008). "Panthers dominate Chiefs 34–0 to move to 4–1". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/sports/scores108/108279/NFL819887.htm. Retrieved October 5, 2008. "The Panthers were without starting offensive tackles Jordan Gross (concussion) and Jeff Otah (ankle), but it didn't matter. Frank Omiyale made his first NFL start and fill-in Jeremy Bridges helped the Panthers open giant holes for Williams and Stewart."
  3. Source: Bears , Omiyale agree
  4. Wiltfong Jr., Lester A. (March 1, 2012). "The Chicago Bears release Frank Omiyale". http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2012/3/1/2836563/the-chicago-bears-release-frank-omiyale.
  5. LeGere, Bob (March 1, 2012). "Bears release offensive lineman Omiyale". Daily Herald Media Group.
  6. Farnsworth, Clare (March 21, 2012). "Omiyale Agrees". Seahawks.com. http://blog.seahawks.com/2012/03/21/omiyale-agrees/. Retrieved March 22, 2012.

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