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Patrick C. Chukwurah (born March 1, 1979 in Nigeriamarker) is an American football defensive end for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wyoming.

Chukwurah has also been a member of the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

College career

Chukwurah went to the University of Wyoming. He was a three year starter there and played in 45 career games while racking up 245 tackles and 27 sacks. As a senior, he earned first team All-Mountain West Conference honors, recording 100 tackles and seven sacks. He was UW's defensive captain his senior year. As a junior, he was a second team all-conference selection and earned defensive MVP honors. He ranks 11th on UW's tackles list.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

He was drafted in the 5th round with the 26th pick of the 2001 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. On June 18, he signed a 3-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. During the 2001 season, he played in all 16 games, starting 3 of them, while recording 9 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. He made his NFL debut on September 9, 2001 against the Carolina Panthers, recording 4 tackles and becoming the first Viking rookie linebacker to start a game since Dwayne Rudd did it in 1997 and the first to start the opener since Roy Winston did it back in 1962. On November 19, he started his second career game against the New York Giants recording his first career sack, sacking quarterback Kerry Collins for a 14 yard loss. That game, he started at defensive end. On December 16, Chukwurah recorded a career high 1 1/2 sacks against the Detroit Lions. In 2002, Patrick Chukwurah played in 11 games, starting two of them. He recorded a career high 14 tackles, recording 12 of them on special teams. At the Chicago Bears on September 8, 2002, he recorded 4 tackles, and on October 13, he recorded a career high 7 tackles against the Detroit Lions. On February 27, 2003, he was cut by the Vikings.

Houston Texans

On March 1, 2003, Chukwurah was acquired from waivers. During the training camp prior to the 2003 season, Patrick Chukwurah tried out for the Houston Texans, however got cut at the final cutdown on September 1.

Denver Broncos

On December 24, 2003, he signed with the Denver Broncos, but was only on the 53-man roster for 2 days, and was released on December 26. He re-signed with the Broncos on January 13, 2004 after the season ended. During the 2004 season, he played in 14 games recording only 4 tackles appearing primarily as a defensive end on passing downs. In 2005, he once again played in 14 games recording 9 tackles, two on defence and seven on special teams. He played in both postseason games that year, recording a special teams tackle against the New England Patriots on January 14, and played against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game on January 22. On April 3, 2006, he re-signed with the Denver Broncos. During the 2006 season, Chukwurah converted to denfensive end. He made his first career start at defensive end in week 1 against the St. Louis Rams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 2, 2007, the first day of free agency, the Bucs signed Chukwurah to a five-year, $5.5 million contract. They released him after only one season with the Bucs on June 19, 2008. He later resigned with them on August 27, 2008, but was released again on August 30. He was resigned to the Bucs roster on December 17, 2008.

Florida Tuskers

Chukwurah was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on August 25, 2009.

Career statistics

Season Team GP Tckl Ast Total SCK INT Fum Rec
2001 Minnesota Vikings 16 8.0 5 13 2.5 0 0
2002 Minnesota Vikings 11 11.0 3 14 0 0 0
2003 Denver Broncos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Denver Broncos 14 6.0 3 9 1 0 0
2005 Denver Broncos 14 6.0 2 8 0 0 0
2006 Denver Broncos 14 18.0 7 25 4.5 0 0
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 11 1 12 1.0 0 0
Totals 78 60.0 21 81 9.0 0 0


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