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Adewale Ogunleye

Pro Bowl Defensive End, Retired — National Football League

Adewale Ogunleye is a retired NFL Pro Bowl Defensive End. He played 11 seasons from 2000-2010. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2000 where he played until 2003. During the 2003 NFL season, while playing for the Miami Dolphins, he led the AFC with 15 sacks.  He was named to the Pro Bowl after that season. In 2004, he was traded to the Chicago Bears.  In 2006, he was a team captain when the Bears reached Super Bowl XLI. In 2010, Adewale’s last year in the NFL was spent as a member of the Houston Texans. He finished with career totals of 389 tackles, 67.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, 2 safeties and 1 interception.

Adewale was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Tottenville High School in Staten Island, NY. He went to college and played football at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1999, he graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with his Bachelor of Arts in English. He was inducted into the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. In May of 2014, after finishing his professional career in the NFL, Adewale earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Being active in the community, especially promoting education, has always been something that is very important to Adewale. When Adewale was playing for the Chicago Bears, he started a foundation called Goal Power. At first, the foundation’s mission was to expose students to different occupations centered around the sports world. As time went on, Goal Power Foundation’s mission expanded to assist the needs of families of at risk children. Over the past four years, Goal Power Foundation has donated food and over 1600 turkeys to elementary schools in NYC (his hometown) and Chicago during the holidays.

Adewale is married to Dr. Amira Ogunleye, who is a successful dentist in south Florida. The couple have a daughter and son. Adewale enjoys going to former teammates and friend’s charity events and fundraisers to help kids. He enjoys reading and traveling the world in his spare time. He has business ventures that span from real estate to venture capitalist to business consulting.

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