Praise Martin-Oguike
Ottawa Redblacks
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-30) August 30, 1993 (age 28)
Abia State, Nigeria
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Woodbridge (NJ)
College:Temple
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Praise Martin-Oguike (born August 30, 1993) is a gridiron football defensive end for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Temple University.

Early life

Martin-Oguike, was born in Abia State, Nigeria. He is a native of Oka in Isiala Mbano, Imo State. He moved to Woodbridge Township, New Jersey at the age of 10.[1][2] Martin-Oguike is the son of Venerable Dr. Martin Oguike (Anglican clergyman and adjunct Professor) and Dr. Ngozi Martin-Oguike (Educator and author) who are both highly regarded in the Igbo community of Nigeria. He has a sister, Precious, and two brothers Percy and Pleasant.

College career

Martin-Oguike recorded 124 tackles, 20 sacks, 1 interception, 12 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 6 blocked field goals during his time at Temple.[3]

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Martin-Oguike signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2017.[4] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[5]

Arizona Cardinals

On January 19, 2018, Martin-Oguike signed a reserve/future contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[6] He was waived/injured by the Cardinals on July 26, 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.[7] He was released on August 4, 2018.

Seattle Dragons

In October 2019, the Seattle Dragons selected Martin-Oguike in the tenth round of the 2020 XFL Draft.[8] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[9]

Martin-Oguike was selected by the Blues of The Spring League during its player selection draft on October 11, 2020.[10]

Ottawa Redblacks

Martin-Oguike signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL on June 4, 2021.[11]

References

  1. ^ Epstein, Sue (October 8, 2013). "Former Woodbridge High School football star wants to move on with his life". nj.com. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Russo, Ralph D. "After being cleared off rape charges, Temple DE finds peace". Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Temple University Athletics Praise Martin-Oguike". April 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Sign 14 Undrafted College Free Agents". MiamiDolphins.com. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Arizona Cardinals sign linebacker Praise Martin-Oguike to futures contract". ArizonaSports.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Williams, Charean (July 26, 2018). "Cardinals sign Jacques Smith, waive Praise Martin-Oguike". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  8. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  10. ^ @TheSpringLeague (October 11, 2020). "The Blues #TSL2020 D-Line" (Tweet). Retrieved November 3, 2020 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "2021 CFL Transactions". CFL.ca. Retrieved June 4, 2021.