Obukwelu Signs Contract with Indianapolis Colts
Nnamdi Obukwelu was a first-team All-Ivy League choice in 2013 (Gil Talbot).
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Harvard defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, the franchise announced Sunday.
Obukwelu, who hails from Brockton, Mass., was a three-time All-Ivy League pick and helped the Crimson win two Ancient Eight crowns during his career in Cambridge.
As a senior, Obukwelu recorded 31 tackles and had 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss in nine games. The recipient of the 75th annual George "Bulger" Lowe Award, "New England's Heisman Trophy," as the top defensive player of the year in the region, Obukwelu helped the Crimson rank seventh in the nation in rush defense (97.3 yards allowed per game on the ground). He sacked the quarterback twice and forced a fumble in the 41-35 triple overtime win at Holy Cross Oct. 5. The following Saturday, he made a season-high 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss in the 34-24 victory at Cornell Oct. 12.
Over the course of his Harvard career, Obukwelu recorded 109 tackles, 21.0 tackles for a loss, 9.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumbled recovery in 39 games.