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Obafemi Ayanbadejo

Ayanbadejo catches a pass at the Chicago Bears 2007 Training Camp
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-03-05) March 5, 1975 (age 47)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: San Diego State
Undrafted in 1997
Debuted in 1998 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2009 for the California Redwoods
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Receptions     130
Receiving yards     885
Receiving TDs     3
Stats at
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     4
Receiving yards     24
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at

Obafemi Devin Ayanbadejo (/ˌbəˈfɛmi ˌ.ənbəˈd/; born March 5, 1975) is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 1997. He played college football at San Diego State.

Ayanbadejo has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and has been on the offseason roster of the Chicago Bears. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. He is the older brother of NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Early years

Ayanbadejo was born in Chicago to a Nigerian father and an American mother of Irish descent. He played high school football at Santa Cruz High School.

College career

Ayanbadejo played at San Diego State University after starting in junior college at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Following his collegiate career at San Diego State, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings. He was cut by the team before the season began and did not play football that year.

Baltimore Ravens

Ayanbadejo was signed to the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens the following season, where he remained before being activated to the regular season roster late in the year. However he got put on the injured reserve late in November due to a toe injury. Ayanbadejo was released by the Ravens after the 2001 season.

After failing to sign with another team, he sat out 2002 season in free agency.

Miami Dolphins

Ayanbadejo signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2003, appearing in 16 games (two starts) and catching 12 passes for 53 yards. His brother, Brendon Ayanbadejo, was a linebacker for the Dolphins that season.

Arizona Cardinals

On March 6, 2006, the Cardinals re-signed Obafemi Ayanbadejo to a two-year extension, though he was cut three months later.

Chicago Bears

Ayanbadejo signed with the Chicago Bears in 2007, becoming professional teammates with his younger brother, Brendon, for the third time in their careers.[1][2]

In August 2007, Ayanbadejo was suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Following his suspension, he was released from the Bears' roster.[3]

California Redwoods

Ayanbadejo was drafted by the California Redwoods of the United Football League in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009. He signed with the team on August 18.[4]


He is the older brother of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. The two were teammates on the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, Miami Dolphins in 2003 and Chicago Bears in 2007.


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