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Speaking with Ogemdi "OG" Nwagbuo

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Curtis Egan
    <em>BoltTalk Staff Writer</em>

    <div class="alignright"><a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2429/3896948139_c8fddfd37e.jpg"><img title="Ogemdi Nwagbuo (#91)" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2429/3896948139_c8fddfd37e.jpg" alt="" width="185" height="332" /></a></div>

    Ogemdi Nwagbuo (pronounced; Oh-gem-dee New-wah-bo); is a home town kid made good in the competitive NFL. Born and raised in San Diego, and now an impact player on the defensive line of the San Diego Chargers. Ogemdi was often called out by sports casters during his games in the 2009 season for being the man whom the Chargers called and invited to camp while he was working at the San Diego Airport. How many fans have dreamed of getting that call?!

    Ogemdi, whom is often called to as OG for short, is a down to earth man and enjoys speaking with the fans, be it on Twitter, or by making himself available for interviews. OG has taken the time out of his busy schedule which includes rehabbing his high ankle sprain that landed him on the IR list late in December to speak with us:

    OG, I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with the fans, your story is one of the feel good stories of the 2009 season. It is one that many fans fantasize about; working at a normal job, and then getting invited to play professional football and making an impact on the field. To your credit you responded well and proved that you belonged out on the field.

    <strong>Q:</strong> To start off can you tell the fans a little about who OG is?
    <strong>A:</strong> I'm just a regular guy from San Diego. Graduated from Mt Miguel High School, Southwestern College and Michigan State University.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Does Ogemdi Nwagbuo mean anything specific?
    <strong>A:</strong> It means my time will come, at least that's what I have been told.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Born in San Diego, and playing for the Chargers, how does it feel to play for the home town team?
    <strong>A:</strong> Its definitely a great thing to play for San Diego. But just getting to play in the NFL is great an I definitely appreciate the opportunity.

    <strong>Q:</strong> You were first invited to be a member of the New York Giants, how did you become a member of the Chargers?
    <strong>A:</strong> I was signed to the practice squad late my rookie season after a workout. And I have been here ever since.

    <strong>Q:</strong> What was the biggest difference between the Giants and Chargers from your perspective?
    <strong>A:</strong> I mean they are too completely different teams. Every team in the NFL is different. But two great organizations with a lot of good athletes. I learned a lot in both places.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Can you tell us what it is like running out onto the field through the helmet, to the roar of the crowd?
    <strong>A:</strong> I mean its exciting at any level of football. From High school, to junior college to college to the NFL. Whenever or wherever you're playing football, its always exciting.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Have the fans been supportive of you in your rehab?
    <strong>A:</strong> I'm always getting asked about it. I think everybody wants to see people get healthy so I definitely appreciate it.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Speaking of rehab, how is your ankle doing?
    <strong>A:</strong> Doing better, getting better every day.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Will you be ready for spring workouts?
    <strong>A:</strong> I don't look that far ahead, I'm just focusing on getting better today.

    <strong>Q:</strong> OG, how was Coaches Ron Rivera and Don Johnson able to keep so many people at a playing level throughout the season in the face of so many injuries?
    <strong>A:</strong> They are two great coaches, and I have learned a lot from both of them.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Week one, against the Raiders you registered your first sack. What was that like for you?
    <strong>A:</strong> It was definitely a great moment, first NFLsack. I just got to keep working hard so hopefully I can get some more

    <strong>Q:</strong> Week 12, you were instrumental in assisting Quentin Jammer with an interception; can you tell us how that felt knowing it was your swatting the ball that caused it?
    <strong>A:</strong> I mean that was just one of those lucky plays on my end. He is a great corner so he is always making plays like that.

    <strong>Q:</strong> Which of the veterans on the roster has helped you develop the most?
    <strong>A:</strong> all of them, I have learned a lot from everybody. Especially on the D-line, they are all real helpful so I just try to learn from all of them

    <strong>Q:</strong> Do you enjoy Tweeting to the fans?
    <strong>A:</strong> Yea I think its cool. I'm always on the internet anyway. I try to respond whenever someone tweets me.

    <strong>Q:</strong> What do you look for when you study the opposition on film?
    <strong>A:</strong> Everything. You can never watch enough film, just trying to pick up on little things.

    OG, thank you for your time and consideration, it is special when the fans get to read interviews with the players. If there is anything else you would like to add, or say to the fan, please feel free.

    Follow OG at <a href="http://twitter.com/thisisOG" target="_blank">twitter.com/thisisOG</a>

    Again, thank you for taking the time to speak to the fans, I hope your rehab goes well and we see you on the field again soon.

    <strong>OG:</strong> Yea hit me up whenever.

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