Onome Ojo
No. 86, 15
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1977-06-03) June 3, 1977 (age 46)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:The Urban School
(San Francisco, California)
College:UC Davis
NFL draft:2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Onome Johnson Ojo (born June 3, 1977) is a Nigerian former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He also played in NFL Europe. Ojo played college football at UC Davis.

Early life and education

Onome Ojo was born on June 3, 1977, in San Jose, California, to Nigerian parents. His name means "gift from God" in Nigerian.[1] He attended The Urban School of San Francisco before going to college at UC Davis.[2] He played tennis, basketball, and soccer in high school. He didn't play football until after two years of college, when Ojo told coach Bob Biggs that he was interested in playing football. “When Onome first came in the office I thought he was a basketball player and was lost,” the coach said, “Then he said he was interested in playing football. I thought he was a JC kid, so I asked him where he played. He said he had never played.”[3] During practice, Biggs said that Ojo was "a pretty impressive athlete" but was far from being a player. “He didn’t know a Go route from an Out route. He was the rawest football player I have ever seen.” Biggs said “But you could see there was something special. Plus, Onome is a very bright young man with a tremendous work ethic. He has developed his skills now to where he can catch the ball, run the routes. What he lacks is instincts, the things a lot of kids learn because they have been playing so long."[3] He appeared in five games during the season, but failed to catch as pass. The next season, he caught 18 passes for 366 yards and two touchdowns, including one of 86 yards.[1] He caught 33 passes in his senior year, gaining 865 yards and 11 touchdowns.[1]

Professional career

In a pre-draft workout in front of National Football League (NFL) teams, only one team showed up, the New Orleans Saints.[1] They would be the team to draft him, selecting him with the 153rd pick of the 2001 NFL Draft.[4][5][6] He was signed on July 17.[7] He spent time on the practice squad and inactive list for the Saints in 2001, and did not make any appearances. The following season he was sent to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. He played in eight games with them, catching 11 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.[8] He was released by the Saints in 2002 at roster cuts.[9] After being released he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the practice squad. He was later placed on injured reserve. Ojo won a Super Bowl ring after the Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. He was released the next season. He was then signed by the San Diego Chargers, but released shortly afterwards.

Later life

After his sports career he became a police officer in Richmond, California.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Hogan, Nakia (April 23, 2001). "Saints take chance on Ojo". The Times – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  2. ^ Voet, Gary (April 18, 2001). "UCD's Ojo just wants to catch on". The Sacramento Bee – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  3. ^ a b Voet, Garry. "The tall and short of it". The Sacramento Bee – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  4. ^ "2001 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  5. ^ "Untitled". The Daily Advertiser. April 23, 2001 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  6. ^ Tompkins, Bob (August 1, 2001). "Saints believe Ojo is not just an average Joe". The Town Talk – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  7. ^ "Saints ink Myles, Ojo to deals". The Daily Advertiser. July 17, 2001 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  8. ^ "Onome Ojo Stats - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com.
  9. ^ "Saints cut Allen, 19 others". The News-Star. September 2, 2002 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  10. ^ "Former NFL player ID'd as Richmond cop badly hurt in sideshow; teen charged with attempting to murder him". February 1, 2018.