Legedu Naanee life and biography

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Legedu Naanee biography

Date of birth : 1983-09-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-09-20
Credited as : Football player NFL, wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Legedu A. Naanee (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.

Legedu Naanee had a breakout season in 2009, setting career highs in catches and yards, while scoring his first two regular-season touchdowns. As a collegian, Naanee played on a Boise State team that captured the nation’s attention and shocked the college football establishment by upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners with a stunning come-from-behind overtime win in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Naanee was on the field for the famed "Statue of Liberty," which the Broncos used to score the game-winning touchdown. He was the receiver to whom quarterback Jared Zabransky faked a throw to before handing the ball to running back Ian Johnson. After scoring the game-winning touchdown, Johnson dropped to a knee and proposed to Broncos cheerleader Chrissy Popadics during a nationally televised postgame interview. So in 2009 when Naanee scored his first touchdown of the season on Nov. 15 against Philadelphia, he dropped to a knee and offered a mock proposal to a very stunned and surprised member of the Charger Girls. Of course it was a tribute to Johnson, who now plays for the now plays for the Minnesota Vikings and married Popadics in 2007.

Naanee played quarterback as a prep and was recruited to Boise State at the position. His experience paid dividends for the Chargers during Naanee's rookie season as before the Bolts played the Tennessee Titans in the regular season and again in the playoffs, Naanee was called upon to play QB on the scout team offense. His athleticism helped the Bolts prepare to face quarterback Vince Young. Apparently Naanee did a good job as the Chargers beat Tennessee in twice and only just 23 points in the two victories.

In May, Naanee passed along some of his expertise at a camp he hosted for middle and high schoolers at San Diego's Hoover High School. That same weekend he cohosted Flavors of the Gaslamp at the House of Blues, a food-tasting event that raised funds for the Family Reach Foundation and San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital. Naanee was born in Portland, Oregon, but his father, Agbora, was born in Nigeria, outside of Lagos. Legedu’s first name means "Good is coming" in Nigerian and Naanee is the family surname. Legedu has been to Nigeria twice to visit family members who live there.


TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick by Chargers (172), April 29, 2007...signed four-year contract, July 25, 2007.

2010: Sept. 13 at KC, first career 100-yard game that included career long 59-yard TD catch in 3Q.

2009: Game Ball Nov. 22 at Denver for TD catch and recovery of surprise onside kick after Denver cut deficit to 13-3...Chargers converted recovery into TD for 20-3 lead...completed first-career NFL pass attempt, 21 yards to LaDainian Tomlinson on double-pass play Dec. 6 at Cleveland.

2008: Two-pointconversion catch late 4Q at Denver Sept. 14 for 38-31 lead…first-career TD catch (4 yards) in 4Q of Jan. 11 Divisional Playoffs at Pittsburgh.

2007: Paced team with three STT and set up GW 4Q TD in Jan. 20 Divisional Playoffs at IND with 27-yard catch on screen.

COLLEGE: First-team All-WAC as senior...career-high 129 yards and first-career 100-yard game in BCS bowl-clinching win over Nevada in '06…began career as QB and named Offensive Scout Team Player of Year in 2002 and ’03...moved to wide receiver in ’04 and started every game in '05...redshirted in 2002…played at Boise State from 2002-06…business management
degree.

PERSONAL: Born in Portland, Oregon…League Offensive POY as junior and senior at Franklin HS in Portland…first-team all-league and team captain sd senior after leading team to state playoffs…all-league in basketball as junior.

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