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Roman Oben
Offensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
Born October 9, 1972 (1972-10-09) (age 37)
Career information
Year(s) 19962007
NFL Draft 1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
College Louisville
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 143
Games started 130
Fumble recoveries 4
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Roman Dissake Oben (born October 9, 1972] in Cameroon) is an American football offensive tackle who retired in 2008. He co-hosted the New York Giants pre and post game show on WFAN in the fall as well as being a college football analyst for SportsNet New York Big East football coverage. Oben handles sideline reports for Sports USA Radio Network during the national radio coverage of some of college and pro football's most exciting games. In January 2010 Oben joined CBS Outdoor as an Account Executive while still being actively involved in many charity,community,and civic organizations. Oben was formerly Vice President of Development for The Corporate Playbook but remains as senior consultant. In February 2009 Oben was appointed by Morris County, NJ to serve as chairman for the local Democratic Party in Kinnelon, New Jersey. The Head Start Program of Dover, NJ added Roman Oben as its newest board member in October 2009.

Oben rocognized the importance of educating parents and high school student-athletes on the recruiting process and gives evening seminars as educational speaker for National Collegiate Scouting Association



Hall of Fame

Roman Oben has been inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Gonzaga College High School, Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Louisville

Early years

At the age of four he moved with his mother to the United States and they settled in Washington, D.C. In high school Oben played for Gonzaga College High School and spent one year at Fork Union Military Academy. His wife's name is Linda.

College career

A two-sport college athlete, Oben played college football at the University of Louisville, and was a four-year letterman in football and three year letterman in track and field. In football, he was an All-National Independent first team selection as a junior. In track and field, he placed at the Metro Conference Championship on the shot put. Oben was also Vice President of his collegiate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

NFL career

Previously Oben has started over ninety percent of his games played in his twelve year NFL career for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also the starting left tackle on Tampa Bay's 2002 Super Bowl champion team.

San Diego Chargers

In 2004, the Chargers traded a fifth round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Buccaneers for the rights to Oben. Oben was used with the pick obtained from the Giants in the Rivers-Manning trade. Oben quickly became a fixture at the left tackle position and after bouncing back from a career threatening foot injury he spent the 2007 season as more of a player-mentor as a reserve on the Charger's young offensive line.


As a leader on and off the field, Oben has remained committed to helping athletes make the transition into the workplace. While serving as the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) team representative for three teams over seven years, Oben was integral in drafting a resolution that ensures NFL Player Programs pay for continued education for retired players and as an active team representative, Oben was a charter member of the NFLPA Benefits Committee that ensured future medical coverage for all NFL players. Oben has been honored for his outstanding work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters San Diego where he was recognized as the 2007 Man of the Year. Oben earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Louisville in 1995 and was one of the only NFL players over a ten year year span to take graduate courses each off-season in order to earn his master's degree in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001 when he played for the Cleveland Browns.


  1. ^ Ragonese, Lawrence. "Former NFL star accepts Democratic chairmanship in Kinnelon", The Star-Ledger, February 9, 2009. Accessed September 9, 2009.

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