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Asomugha to retire as a Raider

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Once a Raider, always a Raider.

While cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has spent the last two-plus seasons away from Oakland, he’ll retire on Friday as a member of the Silver and Black.  The team has announced that Asomugha will make his announcement during a 6:00 p.m. ET press conference.

Also attending the event will be Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson and former Raiders defensive backs Willie Brown and Lester Hayes.

A first-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2003, Asomugha played for the Raiders through 2010.  He joined the Eagles after the lockout ended in 2011, spurning the Jets.  After two lackluster seasons in Philly (possibly because of the way he was used), Asomugha was released.  He returned to the Bay Area, joining the 49ers but ultimately being released during the 2013 regular season.

The two-time All Pro and three-time Pro Bowler had only 15 interceptions, due in large part to the refusal of many teams to throw the ball in his direction during the height of his career.

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79 Responses to “Asomugha to retire as a Raider”
  1. johnnytarr says: Dec 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    Why did he fall off? Only 10years in the league.

  2. notrelated says: Dec 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Got exposed when he was opposite an actual corner in Asanti Samuel and people started throwing at him. Couldn’t handle the pressure.

  3. hitmaker92 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Mr. Softy

  4. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    One day contract???? Man, go get your jersey # from Michael Jenkins lineup on Sunday and make it a ONE GAME contract so we can beat these Donkies.

  5. popcrowl says: Dec 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    OVER RATED!

  6. tory707 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    Wish this guy retired three years ago so the eagles never invested in him. Yea I know now we will hear from all the dopes dream team.

  7. raiderapologist says: Dec 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    He played pretty well on some pretty bad teams during his time in Oakland.

  8. mad55555 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:08 PM

    Bum that stole money from the eagles. He was done before he left the hole of sadness.

  9. hanspard says: Dec 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    Philly took a great press man cover corner….and had him play zone and off-man. How did that NOT work?

  10. meatcarroll says: Dec 26, 2013 9:17 PM

    “had only 15 interceptions, due in large part to the refusal of many teams to throw the ball in his direction during the height of his career.”

    That’s a myth. I’m a Raiders fan and Nnamdi was good but teams didn’t throw at him cuz he was the only mildly good player in the secondary and teams ran roughshod all over our ghastly rush D. He also had stone hands for the INT except for that one year.

  11. l1onhe4rt says: Dec 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    Nope, no way, no thanks…. You walked away and didn’t look back… I remember watching your first interviews with the smeagles….you thought you were big time lol and didn’t acknowledge that Woodson came to work for oak to be your mentor as he had been in the past…. You walked away from a 2 hall of fame players…brown and Woodson… How’s that pay day buddy… I’m sorry how many rings did you get ?? HE WAS THE BEST, only while playing for the Silver N Black!!

    #noonewantsyouhere

  12. upperdecker19 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    “Also attending the event will be Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson and former Raiders defensive backs Willie Brown and Lester Hayes.”

    He’ll have to rent a minivan if lunch is being served….

  13. ochospantalones says: Dec 26, 2013 9:19 PM

    After the 2011 season there was a plausible argument that his struggles with the Eagles were because of the system. How can anyone possibly still believe this after the total disaster that was his 2012 season, followed by him washing out in San Francisco?

  14. JMClarkent says: Dec 26, 2013 9:26 PM

    Looks like Scandal will be wearing the pant suits in that house!

  15. adderal says: Dec 26, 2013 9:30 PM

    He could have prolonged his career by switching to safety when his skills began to leave him. I bet Dick Shermans career goes the same way

  16. ajkropp99 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    Who?

  17. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Dec 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    After two lackluster seasons in Philly (possibly because of the way he was used)???
    =============================

    If you actually believe this, you’ve definitely had too much eggnog. So two different head coaches and three different DCs couldn’t use him correctly? Even deciding to pay him millions of dollars to let him go?

    He may not have been used the way he like the first half of the first season he played for Philly, but after that he showed that he just couldn’t cut it no matter how he was used.

    He got old and slow. Get over it. Proof is in the fact that he couldn’t play in San Fran either. He would have been an upgrade on Dallas though; a team he rejected, and took less money to avoid.

  18. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    Thanks for contributing diddly poo squat Nnamdi.

    Sincerely,

    Eagle & 49er fans

  19. JSpicoli says: Dec 26, 2013 9:55 PM

    Great player, better guy.

  20. jpalughi823 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:57 PM

    bummer, i really don’t know what happened to that guy. he was on top of the mountain for a long time & just fell off.

  21. mataug says: Dec 26, 2013 9:57 PM

    what the, he’s only 32 lol

  22. jimboslice1 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:00 PM

    I know know he hasn’t been good for a couple years, but I feel old thinking about the fact that he played 11. Feels like he was just drafted.

  23. westcoastraider says: Dec 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    Once a Raider, always a Raider.. Outsiders just don’t understand

    Dude should play the last game with us, why not…

  24. mullman76 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    His wife is hot.

    Go Raiders

  25. xavier145 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:09 PM

    Eagles fan checking in here,

    No, he wasn’t released because of “the way he was used”, it was because he was garbage in coverage and slow. He also wasn’t a team player, as he didn’t even eat lunch with his teammates!

  26. jm91rs says: Dec 26, 2013 10:11 PM

    Most overrated db ever. The tape never showed that he was a shut down corner. Most of the experts knew that, yet fans continued to act like he was. What happened in Philly was very predictable, no way you can blame how he was used, unless you mean teams actually realized he could be beaten pretty easily.

  27. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 26, 2013 10:12 PM

    Retiring as a Raider? Why wouldn’t he? I never noticed him playing anyplace else….

  28. theuglitruth says: Dec 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    Philly has a way of producing losers, now their turning champs into chumps…nice going Philly!

  29. keltictim says: Dec 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    Notrelated Asante Samuel? Really? There’s a reason the pats wouldn’t pay him. Good ball hawk, God awful tackler. The man is scared to hit or get hit. And don’t say it was because the pats don’t pay people, when the skills match the demands the pats pay look at Mankins, and Wilfork. Yes they had to hold out but in the end they got paid. Namdi was a heck of a player they way he fell off reminds me of Julius peppers and Shawn merriman. Great for a couple of seasons then poof, gone.

  30. badmoonrison says: Dec 26, 2013 10:25 PM

    God bless you and your family, NA. You were one of my all time favorite Raiders. Im sure you will continue the amazing philanthropy work with young people that you’ve been known for. Hopefully we will see you as a broadcaster soon as well.

    We Raider Fans Love ya!

  31. stevenwilliams2013 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:31 PM

    He is gonna spend the rest of his life being Mr. Kerry Washington.

  32. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 26, 2013 10:33 PM

    Once a Raider, always a Raider, never a winner. The way he was used in Philly was not the problem. This was proven when he went to San Fran and they cut him. He was overrated. He was a decent player who shined bright playing for a pathetic franchise. Raiders fans think its still the 70′s and their team is relevant. I think it’s cute how they still play dress up when they go see their team lose.

  33. whitdog23 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:36 PM

    doesn’t matter one bit which team you retire from (or with). why do these athletes think it matters?

  34. brento1499 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:39 PM

    Philly took a great press man cover corner….and had him play zone and off-man. How did that NOT work?

    ——————————

    initially, yes, you are correct. however, as the season progressed, Castillo tried EVERYTHING with nnamdi, and absolutely nothing worked. it got to the point where he would be matched up against the opposing teams’ number 2 receiver and he would still get routinely burned and tackle air

  35. martin492013 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:41 PM

    adderal says:
    Dec 26, 2013 9:30 PM
    “He could have prolonged his career by switching to safety when his skills began to leave him.”

    Only works with players with smarts and the love of hitting. Nnamdi couldn’t tackle and 80 year old woman, why in gods name would anyone want him playing safety.

  36. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 26, 2013 10:42 PM

    Must have been a tough choice… what with winning the pre-season Super Bowl as an Eagle in 2012. Remember the Dream Team…

  37. briang123 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    How is that possible? He already retired as an Eagle, just a day or two after he signed that big free agent deal.

  38. 49erfan44 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    He married his retirement plan a few months ago.

  39. seatownballers says: Dec 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    Retire healthy and rich. I never thought much of as a football player, but he’s a hero to the community and partakes in many charities. Thanks. Best of luck

  40. green41563 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    The NFL is an amazing, amazing league: one minute, you’re the best thing since sliced bread. The next minute, you can’t even make a roster.

    You get old overnight in this league.

  41. 1captain1 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:49 PM

    One of the best players ever on Madden Video Game.

  42. epitaph04 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:51 PM

    Amazing what people can say about a man they will never get to know and that only ever played professional football.

  43. jerrysglassescleaner says: Dec 26, 2013 10:52 PM

    Should of came to Dallas. Good thing you opted not too. Overrated! Before you thumb me down just ask yourself ” Terrence Newman and Adam Jones STILL bring good production but this guy doesn’t” #justkeepingitreal

  44. bluefunk72 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:00 PM

    What a bust he turned out to be!

  45. calibear831 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:01 PM

    C’mon,Play one more year!!

  46. eastwoodchair says: Dec 26, 2013 11:05 PM

    simple fact is, when you’re the best player on a crappy team for years.. you just look better than you really are.

  47. tigers182 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:08 PM

    What are the odds a player gets a big payday, then never pays off.

  48. filmex2000 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    “…due in large part to the refusal of many teams to throw the ball in his direction during the height of his career.”

    Uhhh, that’s one theory. I’d go with the one where Al Davis SO overpays the guy, makes him out to be Revis before Revis was Revis, thus establishing expectations that could never possibly be met.

    Particularly in that he was never more than an ordinary NFL corner, better than some, not as good as many.

  49. nflinsider711 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:26 PM

    They need to make a movie about his career. This man was at the top and hit rock bottom faster than I ever seen a guy.

  50. raiderrob21 says: Dec 26, 2013 11:47 PM

    Thanks for your time as another GREAT Raider corner. A class guy off the field. Best of luck to you in what ever you decide to do in life after the NFL

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  51. endguardtackle says: Dec 26, 2013 11:58 PM

    Good guy but overrated. Funniest thing ever was hear mr. Davis tryimg to say his name. Lol

  52. idpfantasyfootball says: Dec 26, 2013 11:59 PM

    Mr. Asomugha will always be a greater person than he was a football player. …and despite the detractors from his time in PHI/SF, he was GREAT player for the Raiders.

    Asomugha was ruined by a offensive line coach experiment as a defensive coord. If he had been allowed to shut down half of the field in Philly, there would be no debate over his greatness.

  53. donchacho says: Dec 27, 2013 12:14 AM

    Well said epitaph, I don’t get why ppl get so mad on posts over someone they never met and has no clue you exist. Use that energy to improve your life

  54. mizzousooner says: Dec 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    Oh man, there was a 6 to 7 year period there where within the AFCW, dude was a terror, and you just didn’t throw his way.

    Obviously his skills fell off quick at a certain age, but, give the guy his due, he was at one time a real talent.

    Dude was also pretty smart. He will do well I think post NFL career.

    Godspeed, scrabble. ;)

  55. scottychicago says: Dec 27, 2013 12:19 AM

    He was a member of the Dream Team. Nobody can take that away from Nmandi Asomughwa or Christian Laettner.

  56. kindbass says: Dec 27, 2013 12:40 AM

    Can’t remember ever seeing a guy with so much skill fall off a cliff so fast. He’s like the Trey Anastasio of football.

  57. patriotinvasion says: Dec 27, 2013 12:40 AM

    Bizarre seeing a guy go from “best CB in football” to out of the league in 24 months, but that’s exactly what happened to Nnamdi.

    I remember being weary of his age when he got the big deal from Philly, but didn’t think he’d fall off that fast. He also may have been overhyped in Oakland given that the cornerback opposite him was usually an easy target.

  58. 1509lucky says: Dec 27, 2013 1:04 AM

    Bottom line is,he just didn’t care about the game. Very intelligent guy and an awesome person off the field,but as a player,he went for the big Money and simply threw in the towel. He may accomplish some great things off the field,but people will remember how he QUIT on the field.

  59. 1509lucky says: Dec 27, 2013 1:06 AM

    He obviously had no LOVE at all for the game,just the money. It was pretty obvious that Football was simply NOT a priority when he got to Philly.

  60. robgilman says: Dec 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    Go back and watch the film. Namdi was as good as any in the league for a 5 year period in Oakland. Not sure what happened, whether it was age or system, he lost whatever he had.

    He earned his pay day, just too bad for the Eagles he didn’t pan out. Glad he’s coming home, he was one of the few players you could actually buy a jersey for and be proud to wear it while in Oakland. Agree he should just suit up for on Sunday, why not.

  61. 1509lucky says: Dec 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    Football was never a top priority for this guy. He should have walked away instead of going for the $$$ in Philly.

  62. logicalvoiceseys says: Dec 27, 2013 2:24 AM

    The Raiders only won 37 games then entire time Nnamdi was in Oakland… Why would you wanna retire there?

  63. c2excellence says: Dec 27, 2013 2:33 AM

    You can’t define a guy’s whole career by his last years. He was a great corner who lost his fastball very quickly. I understand Eagles fan reaction over his time there, but saying the guy was just hype his whole career is wrong.

  64. joetoronto says: Dec 27, 2013 4:10 AM

    He never had great speed, even in his prime with the Raiders. It got to be a real problem in his final year with the team, along with nagging injuries.

    Raiders fans knew the end was near for him.

    As for the Eagles & 49ers, he left his heart in Oakland.

    Go take your place with the other great CB’s in Raiders history, Nnamdi. :)

  65. nativeraider says: Dec 27, 2013 5:39 AM

    I was hoping he would sign with the Raiders and play safety in dime or nickel situations, and have Woodson in the slot. It coulda worked out. Oh well solid career Nam.

  66. deinoslogos says: Dec 27, 2013 6:23 AM

    When do the Eagles retire his jersey?

  67. raiderufan says: Dec 27, 2013 6:24 AM

    I don’t think people consider how much leaving Cali really affected Nnamdi. He walked out of HS into Cal and from Cal to the Raiders. I just feel lke he was never prepared to move clean across the country away from everything he’d known in his football life and when he got there it killed his drive.

    I’ll always be a Nnnamdi fan and I know the dude will be a success away from the game.

  68. macjacmccoy says: Dec 27, 2013 7:02 AM

    I cant believe people are still making excuses for him. It was the Eagles that made him bad. Then what happened in SF? He had a chance to play on the best defense of his career and he was still horrible. He had every opportunity to prove the Eagles wrong and all the excuse makers right in SF and he did the exact opposite.

    What’s the excuse now? Was his teammates to good in SF that he didnt shine properly? Or is it that the nobodies they picked up to replace him are actually superstars and that’s the real reason he got released?

    Hurry up and think one up your narrative is dying.

  69. phillyrick22 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:17 AM

    The best and worst CB in NFL history .. he was so bad on the eagles .. on top of that he collected a lot of money .. persona non grata in philly !!

  70. eaglesw00t says: Dec 27, 2013 8:11 AM

    Saying he only failed because of the system is a cop out. He got burnt in press man. He got burnt in off man. He looked like a fart in the wind in zone. What the heck is a 60 million dollar corner supposed to do? He failed at everything, and failed miserably at that. The Eagles didn’t eat all that dead money for nothing…

  71. Chris says: Dec 27, 2013 8:13 AM

    Because he wouldn’t dare retire as an Eagle or Niner.

  72. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 27, 2013 8:39 AM

    He retired in Philly day one behind Victor Cruz in the end-zone.

  73. rjmarrella says: Dec 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    This guy is made victor Cruz a household name… Will that come up during his retirement speech?

  74. shuttaman1990 says: Dec 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    The eagles ruined his career.
    It’s this organizations fault!

  75. r8derfanintpa says: Dec 27, 2013 10:21 AM

    I really liked him while he was playing for the Raiders. However, I must say that as crazy as most people thought Al Davis was, he could still evaluate talent. He must have seen something wasnt right! If you recall, Al’s contract was set up in a way that the team could acutally void his contract for remaining years if he didnt meet certain stats like ONE INT. If Al thought he was still a good corner he would have never let him go. Al loved corners! Al’s proble at the end wasnt that he could not evaluate talent, it was that he was desperate to win one more before his calling. Desperation makes us all do stupid things! He was right on with this one!

  76. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Dec 27, 2013 11:09 AM

    Not overrated!!!!!! Just ask Claiborne in Dallas what a scheme change can do to your game. He was a dominant COVER corner. Not so good playing in a zone

  77. slick50ks says: Dec 27, 2013 11:23 AM

    Perhaps the most overrated player in NFL history.

    It was easy to be the shiny turd in the faider punchbowl. That didn’t make him good though.

  78. Simon says: Dec 27, 2013 2:11 PM

    I should pay better attention. I thought he quit when he joined the Eagles.

  79. ojdiddoit says: Dec 27, 2013 5:25 PM

    I thought he retired Raider three or four years ago?????????????????

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