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Kenny Iwebema (born February 6, 1985 in St. Cloud, Minnesotamarker) is a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, the current champion of the National Conference of the National Football League.

High school career

While at Bowie High Schoolmarker in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Texasmarker, Iwebema collected a total of 89 tackles and 15 sacks. During his senior season, he collected 48 tackles, 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss as he earned first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors. He was a three year letterman in football and also earned two letters in track playing discus. He was also named second team all-conference as a junior and was team captain as a senior.

College career

2004

After redshirting in 2003, Iwebema saw action in all 12 games. However, his playing time was limited as he only recorded three tackles. Two of those were against Minnesotamarker and the other was in the season-opener against Kent Statemarker.

2005

2005 was Iwebema's breakout season, as he recorded 47 tackles, seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss. His play was so dominant that he was named first team all-Big Ten by league media and honorable mention all-Big Ten by league coaches. In the game against Iowa Statemarker, he recorded a season-high nine tackles. Three weeks later, against Illinoismarker, he tied an Iowa record with two field goal blocks. Against Wisconsinmarker, Iwebema recorded a season-high in sacks with two as the Hawkeyes became bowl eligible.

2006

Despite being named to numerous pre-season All America teams, Iwebema took a step back in 2006. Injuries plagued him late in the season and he did not see action in the season-opener against Montanamarker due to violating team rules. Against Syracusemarker, Iwebema recorded a career-high 11 tackles. He also recorded two tackles for loss, two QB sacks and a forced fumble as the Hawkeyes won the game in double overtime. In total, he recorded 27 tackles, four sacks and five tackles for loss on the season.

Career Collegiate Statistics

 Iowa   Defense
Season Games Tackles T/Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles Pass Breakups
2004 12 3 0 0 0 0
2005 12 47 10 7 1 0
2006 8 27 5 4 1 2
2007 11 28 5 3.5 1 2
Total 43 106 20 14.5 3 4


Professional career

On April 27th, 2008 in the 2008 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the 4th round with the 17th pick (116th overall).

Medical Scare

On April 30th, Iwebema had a chest x-ray as part of a normal team physical. The x-ray revealed a shadow that doctors were worried might be an aortic aneurysm.

Subsequently, Iwebema had both a CAT scan and PET scan done. They found a mass the size of a baseball which had metasticized at an advanced rate since Iwebema's rookie physical which had shown nothing amiss.

Luckily, the tumour was diagnosed as being a non-malignant Teratoma.

Iwebema had surgery on May 18 to remove the mass. So as to avoid possibly sidelining him for the upcoming season, a robotic laparoscope was used to remove the mass.

References

  1. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2009/05/20/20090520boivincards0521.html


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