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Legedu Naanee
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Legedu Naanee (left) during the 2009 NFL preseason.
No. 40, 11, 6, 17, 19     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-16) September 16, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
Career information
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 172
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Diego Chargers ( 2007 2010)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Receptions     108
Receiving yards     1,232
Receiving touchdowns     4
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Legedu A. Naanee (pronounced LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY, born September 16, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Boise State University Broncos. Naanee has also played for the Carolina Panthers and the Miami Dolphins.

Early yearsEdit

Naanee attended Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a four-year starter earning awards at quarterback and defensive back. In basketball, he won All-League honors as a junior.

College careerEdit

Although Naanee received scholarship offers from many Pac-10 and Big 12 schools, such as Oregon and Oregon State, Naanee chose to play college football at Boise State University because they were the only major program to offer him a chance to play quarterback, a position he cherished and played in high school. After Jared Zabransky won the starting job in 2004, Naanee realized that if he wanted to play, it had to be at another position.[1]

Naanee filled in at receiver and although the transition and failure at quarterback was difficult, he said being able to "feel like you were part of things and contributing, that went out the window". He remarked, "maybe it was something that was meant to be, for me to go through something like that and then to switch."[1]

Professional careerEdit

2007 NFL DraftEdit

With Naanee playing most of his football career at receiver, the Chargers selected Naanee with the 172nd overall selection in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
226 lb (103 kg)* 4.41*[2] 4.20 6.73s[3] 40 in (101.6 cm)* 19*[4] X
(* represents NFL Combine)

San Diego ChargersEdit

Naanee was targeted by Norv Turner to become the next star for the Chargers to become his F-Back project, much like Delanie Walker and Michael Robinson were when Turner was the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.[5] The F-Back is much like the H-back in other offenses in the sense it is a hybrid position (WR/TE/FB) purposely versatile to take advantage of mismatches.

Naanee was the starting number two receiver for the Chargers behind Malcom Floyd for much of the 2010 season. This is due to a holdout by the usual starter Vincent Jackson. Naanee caught a touchdown pass in his first start of the 2010 season on a 59-yard pass from quarterback Philip Rivers in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Regarding his versatility, head coach Norv Turner said, "We're going to continue to move him. He's going to be a guy who's versatile enough to move around. That's going to help him be put in position to make some plays."[1] On December 6, 2009, Naanee completed a pass on a flea flicker to LaDainian Tomlinson.[6]

ArrestEdit

He was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest at the scene of a homicide in Indianapolis on February 12, 2011.[7]

Carolina PanthersEdit

Naanee signed with the Carolina Panthers on August 4, 2011.[8] He played the whole season as the number 3 receiver behind Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. He caught 1 touchdown pass from Quarterback Cam Newton, but dropped more passes than he caught, including a wide open end zone pass that would have won the game for the Panthers.[citation needed] At the end of the season the Panthers did not renew his contract.

Miami DolphinsEdit

Naanee signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on April 17.[9] He was cut on October 2, 2012 after posting only one catch for 19 yards in his four-game tenure with the team.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2007 SD 13 0 8 69 8.6 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SD 16 0 8 64 8.0 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -
2009 SD 15 1 24 242 10.1 23 2 3 7 2.3 10 0 -- --
2010 SD 10 9 23 271 16.1 59 1 3 -2 -0.7 6 0 1 1
2011 CAR 15 10 44 467 10.6 28 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIA 4 1 1 19 19.0 19 0
Total 69 20 108 1,232 11.3 59 4 6 5 0.8 10 0 1 1

Post-career life Edit

Naanee now owns four San Diego-area businesses.

ReferencesEdit

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