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Legedu Naanee

Legedu Naanee (left) during the 2009 NFL preseason.
No. 11     San Diego Chargers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 16, 1983 (1983-09-16) (age 26)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 172
Debuted in 2007 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     16
Receiving Yards     133
Receiving TDs     1
Stats at NFL.com

Legedu Naanee (pronounced LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY) (born September 16, 1983) is an American football Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers. He grew up in Portland, Oregon. "Legedu" means "good is coming" in a Nigerian language.

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Early years

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

College career

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 battle to start 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 and heart wrenching, 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]

NFL career

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2007 NFL Draft

Despite Naanee playing most of his football career at Quarterback and not receiver, the Chargers selected Naanee with the 172nd overall selection in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL draft based on his great potential.

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

(* represents NFL Combine)

San Diego Chargers

Naanee was targeted by Norv Turner 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.[4] 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.

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.

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