Legedu Naanee

Legedu Naanee
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Legedu Naanee (left) during the 2009 NFL preseason.
No. 40, 11, 6, 17, 19
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1983-09-16) September 16, 1983 (age 37)
Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Portland (OR) Franklin
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 172
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 108
Receiving yards: 1,232
Receiving touchdowns: 4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Legedu A. Naanee (pronounced LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY, born September 16, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Boise State University Broncos. Naanee has also played for the Carolina Panthers and the Miami Dolphins.

Early years

Naanee attended Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a four-year starter earning awards at quarterback and defensive back. In basketball, he won All-League honors as a junior.

College career

Although Naanee received scholarship offers from many Pac-10 and Big 12 schools, such as Oregon and Oregon State, Naanee chose to play college football at Boise State University because they were the only major program to offer him a chance to play quarterback, a position he cherished and played in high school. After Jared Zabransky won the starting job in 2004, Naanee realized that if he wanted to play, it had to be at another position.[1]

Naanee filled in at receiver and although the transition and failure at quarterback was difficult, he said being able to "feel like you were part of things and contributing, that went out the window". He remarked, "maybe it was something that was meant to be, for me to go through something like that and then to switch."[1]

Professional career

2007 NFL Draft

With Naanee playing most of his football career at receiver, the Chargers selected Naanee with the 172nd overall selection in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
226 lb (103 kg)* 4.41*[2] 4.20 6.73s[3] 40 in (101.6 cm)* 19*[4] X

(* represents NFL Combine)

San Diego Chargers

Naanee was targeted by Norv Turner to become the next star for the Chargers to become his F-Back project, much like Delanie Walker and Michael Robinson were when Turner was the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.[5] The F-Back is much like the H-back in other offenses in the sense it is a hybrid position (WR/TE/FB) purposely versatile to take advantage of mismatches.

Naanee was the starting number two receiver for the Chargers behind Malcom Floyd for much of the 2010 season. This is due to a holdout by the usual starter Vincent Jackson. Naanee caught a touchdown pass in his first start of the 2010 season on a 59-yard pass from quarterback Philip Rivers in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Regarding his versatility, head coach Norv Turner said, "We're going to continue to move him. He's going to be a guy who's versatile enough to move around. That's going to help him be put in position to make some plays."[1] On December 6, 2009, Naanee completed a pass on a flea flicker to LaDainian Tomlinson.[6]

He was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest at the scene of a homicide in Indianapolis on February 12, 2011.[7]

Carolina Panthers

Naanee signed with the Carolina Panthers on August 4, 2011.[8] He played the whole season as the number 3 receiver behind Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. He caught 1 touchdown pass from Quarterback Cam Newton, but dropped more passes than he caught, including a wide open end zone pass that would have won the game for the Panthers.[citation needed] At the end of the season the Panthers did not renew his contract.

Miami Dolphins

Naanee signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on April 17.[9] He was cut on October 2, 2012 after posting only one catch for 19 yards in his four-game tenure with the team.[10]

Career statistics

Year Team GP GS Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2007 SD 13 0 8 69 8.6 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 SD 16 0 8 64 8.0 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -
2009 SD 15 1 24 242 10.1 23 2 3 7 2.3 10 0 -- --
2010 SD 10 9 23 271 16.1 59 1 3 -2 -0.7 6 0 1 1
2011 CAR 15 10 44 467 10.6 28 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIA 4 1 1 19 19.0 19 0
Total 69 20 108 1,232 11.3 59 4 6 5 0.8 10 0 1 1

Post-career life

Naanee now owns four San Diego-area businesses.


  1. ^ a b c Jay Posner, SignOnSanDiego.com > San Diego Chargers – For Chargers rookie, good comes from new position
  2. ^ http://www.mattrauch.com/2007-nfl-combine-results.php
  3. ^ Legedu Naanee, WR, Boise State – 2007 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ San Diego Chargers Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2006 49ers Draft Review and Analysis
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ http://www.wthr.com/story/14029500/chargers-wr-arrested-at-homicide-scene
  8. ^ "Panthers add WR Naanee". FOXSports.com. August 5, 2011. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/48816/dolphins-add-wr-gaffney-cut-naanee

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