Emmanuel Ogbah
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Ogbah in the 2019 NFL season
No. 91 – Miami Dolphins
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-06) November 6, 1993 (age 30)
Lagos, Nigeria
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:George Bush
(Richmond, Texas)
College:Oklahoma State (2012–2015)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:268
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:4
Pass deflections:39
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogbah (born November 6, 1993) is a Nigerian professional American football linebacker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

Ogbah was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of nine.[1] He attended George Bush High School in Fort Bend County, Texas. He committed to Oklahoma State University to play college football. He chose Oklahoma State in part based on recommendations from Russell Okung and attended George Bush High and Oklahoma State.[2]

College career

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, Ogbah played in all 13 games of the 2013 season. He finished the year with 20 tackles and four sacks. As a sophomore in 2014, he was named the Big-12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year after recording 49 tackles and 11 sacks.[3][4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+14 in
(1.94 m)
273 lb
(124 kg)
35+12 in
(0.90 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.63 s 1.58 s 2.68 s 4.50 s 7.26 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5][6]
Ogbah with the Browns in 2017

Cleveland Browns

Ogbah was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft.[7] On May 25, 2016, he signed a four-year contract worth $6.6 million, which included a $3 million signing bonus.[8] Ogbah was listed as a starter for the Browns for the season opener.[9] He started all 16 games for the Browns as a rookie, finishing sixth on the team with 53 tackles and leading the team with 5.5 sacks.

In 2017, Ogbah entered the season as the Browns' starting defensive end. He started the first 10 games before suffering a foot injury in Week 11. It was revealed that he suffered a fractured foot and was ruled out for the season.[10][11] He was placed on injured reserve on November 21, 2017.[12]

Kansas City Chiefs

Ogbah was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on April 1, 2019, in exchange for safety Eric Murray.[13] In Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Ogbah sacked Lamar Jackson 1.5 times as the Chiefs won 33–28.[14] In Week 10, Ogbah suffered a torn pectoral and was ruled out the rest of the season.[15] He finished the season with 32 tackles and tied his career-high with 5.5 sacks. Without Ogbah, the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers.

Miami Dolphins

On March 20, 2020, Ogbah signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.[16]

In Week 5 against the 49ers, Ogbah recorded a strip sack on C. J. Beathard late in the fourth quarter which was recovered by the Dolphins to secure a 43–17 win.[17] In Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals, Ogbah recorded a strip sack on Kyler Murray which was recovered by teammate Shaq Lawson who returned it for a 36 yard touchdown during the 34–31 win.[18]

On March 14, 2022, Ogbah signed a four-year, $65 million contract extension with the Dolphins.[19]

In Week 10 against the Browns, Ogbah suffered a season-ending tricep injury, which required surgery.


  1. ^ Oklahoma State football: Introducing Emmanuel Ogbah
  2. ^ Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah took advice from Russell Okung
  3. ^ Bush’s Ogbah striving for individual, team success at Oklahoma State
  4. ^ Emmanuel Ogbah's decision to return could pay off for Oklahoma State Cowboys
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  6. ^ "2019 Draft Scout: QB Rankings". Draft Scout Ranking. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
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  8. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (May 26, 2016). "Browns rookie OLB Emmanuel Ogbah signs 4-year contract". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Patsko, Scott (September 6, 2016). "The Browns' depth chart for Week 1 has 3 rookie starters, 7 rookie backups". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Williams, Charean (November 19, 2017). "Emmanuel Ogbah out for season with fractured foot". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  11. ^ Gribble, Andrew (November 20, 2017). "Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah set for season-ending foot surgery". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  12. ^ "Browns sign DB Justin Currie, DL Tyrone Holmes; place DL Jamie Meder, DL Emmanuel Ogbah on IR". ClevelandBrowns.com. November 21, 2017. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Gribble, Andrew (April 1, 2019). "Browns acquire Chiefs S Eric Murray in trade for DL Emmanuel Ogbah". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  14. ^ "Mahomes throws 3 TD passes as Chiefs hold off Ravens, 33-28". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  15. ^ Alper, Josh (November 10, 2019). "Emmanuel Ogbah tore his pectoral Sunday". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  16. ^ Wingfield, Travis (March 20, 2020). "Free Agent Analysis: Emmanuel Ogbah". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  17. ^ "Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers - October 11th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals - November 8th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Shook, Nick (March 14, 2022). "Dolphins keeping Emmanuel Ogbah on four-year, $65M deal; RB Chase Edmonds headed to Miami". NFL.com.