George Odum

American football player (born 1993)

American football player
George Odum
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Odum with the Colts in 2019
No. 30 – San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-03) November 3, 1993 (age 30)
Millington, Tennessee, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Millington Central (Millington)
College:Central Arkansas
Career history
  • Indianapolis Colts (2018–2021)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2022–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Pro (2020)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2022)
  • FCS All-American (2017)
  • 2× first-team All-SLC (2016, 2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:184
Forced fumbles:4
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:5
Player stats at PFR

George Odum (born November 3, 1993) is an American football safety and special teamer for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Central Arkansas before signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Odum was named to the 2020 and 2022 All-Pro Team for his special team play.

Early years

Odum was born and raised in Millington, Tennessee, and attended Millington Central High School, where he was a star athlete both in football and track.[1] As a senior, he was an All-Region selection at defensive back and punt returner and participated in the 2012 Tennessee vs. Kentucky National Guard and AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Games.[2]

College career

Odum played five seasons for the Bears, redshirting his true freshman season. He played both linebacker and safety and finished fourth in school history with 350 career tackles. He was named first-team All-Southland Conference after making 86 tackles (58 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one interception (returned for a touchdown), four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kick. As a senior, Odum led the Bears in tackles and was named Southland Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-America selection after recording 120 tackles (78 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
32+38 in
(0.82 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.45 s 1.53 s 2.68 s 4.19 s 7.00 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
22 reps
All values from Pro Day[4]

Indianapolis Colts

Odum was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2018, and made the team out of training camp.[5] Odum made his NFL debut on September 9, 2018, against the Cincinnati Bengals, playing on special teams.[6] Odum made his first career start on November 18, 2018, after an injury to safety Malik Hooker in a 38–10 win against the Tennessee Titans and made 6 tackles, including one for a loss.[7] Odum recorded his first career interception by picking off a pass from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in a 23–0 win on December 16, 2018.[8] In his rookie season, Odum played in all 16 games for the Colts (two starts) with 36 total tackles, including one for loss, an interception and two passes defended.[9]

In 2019, Odum again played in all 16 of the Colts' games and recorded 37 tackles with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.[9] Odum made one start during the season against the Kansas City Chiefs, making six tackles and forcing a fumble in a 19–13 victory.[10]

Odum saw only 25 total snaps on defense in 2020, but led the NFL with 20 special teams tackles and was named first-team All-Pro as a special teamer.[11] The Colts placed a restricted free agent tender on Odum on March 17, 2021.[12] He signed the one-year contract on April 19.[13]

In 2021, Odum saw more playing time on defensive due to injuries in the Colts' secondary. He started seven games and played 43% of the team's total defensive snaps during the season. Odum finished the year with 55 total tackles, two passes defended, and one interception with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.[14] Odum became an unrestricted free agent after the season ended.[15]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 22, 2022, Odum signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. After the season, he was named an All–Pro for the second time.[16] He was placed on injured reserve on November 27, 2023.[17] He was activated on January 20, 2024.

On March 13, 2024, Odum signed a two-year contract extension through the 2026 season.[18]


  1. ^ Sellers, Jr., Thomas (September 8, 2018). "By George, He's Got It! MCHS honors Odum with retirement of No. 5 jersey". The Millington Star. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Sellers, Jr., Thomas (April 30, 2018). "BREAKING NEWS: Former Trojan DB George Odum signs with Colts". The Millington Star. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Paxton, Kolby (January 9, 2018). "8 Defenders To Keep An Eye On At The Tropical Bowl". Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Scout George Odum College Football Profile". Retrieved April 6, 2024.
  5. ^ "Colts Sign 10 Undrafted Free Agents". May 1, 2018. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts-September 9th, 2018-Snap counts". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Colts' George Odum: Draws start Sunday". RotoWire. CBS Sports. November 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Walker, Andrew (December 16, 2018). "Colts Blank The Cowboys, 23-0". Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "George Odum Stats". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Hickey, Kevin (October 7, 2019). "Stock up, stock down in Colts' 19-13 win over Chiefs". Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  11. ^ "Six Colts Players Named To AP All-Pro Team". January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  12. ^ Williams, Charean (March 17, 2021). "Darious Williams only one of 26 RFAs in NFL to receive first-round tender". Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  13. ^ Stankevitz, JJ (April 19, 2021). "Zach Pascal, George Odum Re-Sign As Restricted Free Agents". Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (March 18, 2022). "Report: 49ers to sign George Odum". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  15. ^ "Colts free agents 2022: 28 have expiring contracts". Indianapolis Star. January 10, 2022. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  16. ^ "49ers Sign S George Odum". March 22, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  17. ^ "49ers Activate DL Beal Jr.; Place S George Odum on Injured Reserve". November 27, 2023. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  18. ^ "49ers Release Arik Armstead, Re-Sign Quarterback and Other Moves". March 13, 2024. Retrieved March 13, 2024.

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