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Jack Ikegwuonu
Ikegwuonu in August 2009
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-07) January 7, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Madison, Wisconsin
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
Debuted in 2009 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention SN All-America honors (2005)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2006-2007)
  • Honorable mention PFW All-American (2006)
  • ESPN All-Bowl Team (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
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Jack Ikegwuonu (born January 7, 1986) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Early years

Ikegwuonou was born in Jackson, Mississippi to medical professionals, Patty and Fidelis Ikegwuonu, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended and played football at James Madison Memorial High School under head coach Gary Koplin. Ikegwuonu earned first-team all-state honors as a split end and defensive back, All-Midwest Region honors, and All-Area accolades. He was named the Big Eight Conference Wide Receiver of the Year, Big Eight Conference Defensive Back of the Year, and team MVP twice. In addition to football and basketball, Ikegwuonu played centerfielder for his baseball team.[1]

College career

2005 season

Ikegwuonu garnered a Freshman All-American honorable mention by The Sporting News. He shared left cornerback duties starting at that position vs. Illinois, Penn State and Auburn adding another starting assignment at nickel back vs. Hawaii. Wearing jersey #27, Jack Ikegwuonu recorded 23 solo out of 26 tackles with two stops for a total of 6 yards in losses. He was responsible for deflecting 3 passes and intercepted 3 others for 63 yards in returns and one touchdown.

2006 season

Ikegwuonu was selected as an All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches and media, adding second-team honors from the media. Although he was suspended briefly after his December arrest, he was allowed to play in the Citrus Bowl. He started all thirteen games at right cornerback, switching to jersey #6 from #27 and recording 38 solo out of 41 tackles with 3.5 stops for a total of 14 yards in losses, caused a fumble and recovered another for a 50-yard touchdown return. He was responsible for deflecting 11 passes and intercepted two others for 28 return yards.

2007 season

Ikegwuonu was selected as an All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the league's coaches and media. He started all thirteen games at right cornerback, recording 19 solo out 24 tackles with a league-high fifteen pass deflections and one interception for a 2-yard loss. He saw his main pass coverage assignments catch 38 passes for an average of 15.76 yards and five touch-downs.

Ikegwuonu elected to forgo his senior college season to enter the 2008 NFL Draft, but then injured his knee in January 2008 while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine.

College statistics

Defense Scoring
Year Team Total tackles Solo tackles Assists Forced fumbles Interceptions Yards Fumble TD Interception TD AGAINST
2005 WISC 26 23 3 0 3 63 1 0 Purdue
2006 WISC 41 35 6 1 2 28 0 1 Minnesota
2007 WISC 24 19 5 0 1 -2 0 0

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Ikegwuonu was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft after being projected as high as a first-round draft pick. He missed the entire 2008 season due to a knee injury during the 2008 Combine and on July 22 was placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list.

He was waived on September 5, 2009. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 7, 2009. After cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended for four games for failing a drug test before the start of the 2008 NFC Championship game, Ikegwuonu was promoted to the active roster.[3] He played in his first regular season game in the NFL on November 22, 2009 against the Chicago Bears. He was waived on November 24 after the team signed Geoffrey Pope off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

Personal life

Allegations of misconduct

Ikegwuonu was charged with residential burglary and criminal trespass in Dekalb Illinois on November 26, 2006.[4] He was found not guilty on all charges by the presiding Judge Kurt Klein.[5] The primary reason for the expedient judicial decision was lack of evidence and witnesses.[6]


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