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Mathias Kiwanuka
No. 94     New York Giants
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: March 8, 1983 (1983-03-08) (age 26)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2006 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     150
Sacks     16.5
INTs     2
Stats at

Mathias Kagimu Kiwanuka (born March 8, 1983, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American football defensive end for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was originally drafted 32nd overall in the 2006 NFL draft. He played college football at Boston College. He also played grade school football at St. Simon in Indianapolis and went to high school at Cathedral.

Kiwanuka earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.


Early life

Kiwanuka was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended St. Simon the Apostle school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. He later attended Cathedral High School where he led the team to 3 straight IHSAA state championships and a national #5 ranking. At Cathedral he played tight end and linebacker and played with future NFL players OT Jeremy Trueblood. Kiwanuka and Trueblood also were teammates at Boston College.

College career

Kiwanuka played in 49 games with 38 starts for Boston College and recorded 245 tackles (155 solo) and set school records with 37.5 sacks and 64.5 stops for losses. Also, he recovered 2 fumbles, including 1 for a 49-yard score, and had 3 forced fumbles. Also deflected 13 passes and intercepted 3 others, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown. Kiwanuka, who was widely regarded as one of the best pass rushing defensive ends in college, led the Big East Conference in sacks during the 2003 and 2004 seasons with 11.5 each season. He was an All-American in 2005. He finished his senior season he registered 51 tackles (34 solo) with 9.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for losses. In 2005, he was involved in an incident with Virginia offensive tackle Brad Butler, who hit Kiwanuka after the whistle. Kiwanuka was forced to miss Boston College's next game because of injury, and Butler received a one game suspension. Kiwanuka was later ejected from the game for seeking revenge. [1] He was a First-team All-American in 2004 and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, as he produced 11.5 sacks, 24.5 stops for losses and 67 tackles (36 solo). Kiwanuka also picked off 2 passes, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown. In 2003, he earned All-Big East honors while leading the conference with 11.5 sacks. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he appeared in every game, starting the first 2 at left defensive end. He made 44 tackles (27 solo) with 5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses.

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-5½ * 266 lb * 4.74 * 1.63 * 2.79 * 4.13 * 7.27 * 32 in. * 10’0” * 16 * 29 *

(* represents NFL Combine) [2]

New York Giants

Kiwanuka was drafted with the 32nd overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. On July 25, 2006, Kiwanuka signed a five-year $10 million contact with $5 million guaranteed. [3] In his first season he played defensive end and played in all 16 regular season games with 9 starts and finished the season with 55 tackles (41 solo), 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. In 2007, he won the starting strongside linebacker job after spending the entire offseason learning the new position following a rookie year spent at defensive end[4]. He started all 10 games in which he played and finished the season with 47 tackles (24 solo), 4.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble. Kiwanuka’s season ended at Detroit on November 18, 2007, when he suffered a fractured left fibula. He had surgery to stabilize his leg and ankle the following morning and was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his 2007 campaign. In 2008, Kiwanuka entered training camp as the starting strongside linebacker, but returned to defensive end when Osi Umenyiora suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.[5]. He started all 16 games and the NFC Divisional Playoff game at right defensive end and finished the season with 59 tackles (28 solo), 8.0 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, 2 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.[6]

Through the 2008 season, Kiwanuka has played in 42 regular season games with 35 starts – 25 starts at defensive end and 10 starts at strongside linebacker. He has also started 2 postseason game at defensive end. In 3 seasons, he has 161 tackles (93 solo), 16.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles.


He is the grandson of Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first Prime Minister of Uganda.


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