Cheta Ozougwu

American football player (born 1988)

American football player
Cheta Ozougwu
No. 95 , 57
Personal information
Born: (1988-01-04) January 4, 1988 (age 36)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas)
NFL draft:2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 254
Career history
  • Houston Texans (2011)
  • Chicago Bears (2012–2013)
  • New Orleans Saints (2014)
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-C USA (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at

Chetachi "Cheta" Ozougwu // (born January 4, 1988) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at Rice and was selected with the final pick of the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

Early life

Ozougwu graduated from Alief Taylor High School. Ozougwu was selected to the All-District 18-5A and All Greater Houston teams, All-Academic District and Texas top 100 list. Ozougwu finished his senior year with 117 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks. Ozougwu was selected to the 2007 Texas vs Louisiana All-Star game. Also lettered in track and basketball.[1]

College career

He played college football at Rice while amassing 197 total tackles and 11 sacks. In 2007, he earned Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News and C-USA Honors. He received numerous athletic and academic awards during his time at Rice University. He was named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI Football Team in 2010, after posting a 3.41 GPA while majoring in Economics. He was one of 30 student-athletes in the country selected for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He was named to the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award 2nd Team and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2010. He was also named to the Commissioners Honor Roll each year at Rice.[2] As a senior at Rice University, he received the Outstanding Senior Award presented by the Rice Student Association for service, leadership, and academic achievement.[3]

Professional career

Houston Texans

He was selected with the last pick in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans, making him Mr. Irrelevant.[4] On August 15, 2011, he made his first appearance in an NFL preseason game against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.

Chicago Bears

On April 11, 2012, Ozougwu signed with the Bears.[5] During his preseason debut against the Denver Broncos, Ozougwu sacked former Bear Caleb Hanie, though the Broncos would go on to win 31–3.[6] Ozougwu had an impressive preseason by leading the Bears in sacks during the 2012 preseason with three making the 53 man roster.[7] On April 15, 2014, Ozougwu was waived.[8] He appeared in nine games over the past two seasons, recording 9 tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss, one forced fumble and five special teams tackles. Ozougwu registered 6 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble during the 2013 season.[9]

New Orleans Saints

On May 18, 2014, Ozougwu signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.[10] On July 23, 2014, the Saints placed Ozougwu on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.[11] In March 2015, the Saints decided to part ways with Ozougwu after he failed his season ending physical with an undisclosed injury.[12]


  1. ^ "Cheta Ozougwu Bio". Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cheta Ozougwu Bio". Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Award Winners 2011".
  4. ^ "Cheta Ozougwu is your "Mr. Irrelevant" | ProFootballTalk". April 30, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bears sign trio of defensive linemen". May 11, 2012. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Larry's Bears vs. Broncos blog". August 9, 2012. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Jensen, Sean. "Thursday's preseason result: Bears 28, Browns 20". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Wilkening, Mike (April 15, 2014). "Bears waive Cheta Ozougwu". Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Bears waive defensive end Ozougwu". May 11, 2012. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Saints sign Number 1 pick". May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "New Orleans Saints Place Cheta Ozougwu on Injured Reserve". July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints release linebacker Cheta Ozougwu after he fails physical". NOLA. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015.

External links

  • Rice Owls football bio
  • Chicago Bears bio
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Houston Texans 2011 NFL draft selections