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Roman Dissake Oben (born October 9, 1972] in Cameroonmarker) is an American football offensive tackle who retired in 2008. He co-hosted the New York Giants pre and post game show on WFANmarker in the fall. Oben is also Vice President of Development for The Corporate Playbook and he also serves as chairman for the local Democratic Party in Kinnelon, New Jerseymarker.

Early years

At the age of four he moved with his mother to the United Statesmarker and they settled in Washington, D.C.marker In high school Oben played for Gonzaga College High Schoolmarker and spent one year at Fork Union Military Academymarker.His wife's name is Linda.

College career

A two-sport college athlete, Oben played college football at the University of Louisvillemarker, and was a four-year letterman in football and three year letterman in track and field. In football, he was an All-National Independent first team selection as a junior. In track and field, he placed at the Metro Conference Championship on the shot put. Oben was also Vice President of his collegiate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

NFL career

Previously Oben has started over ninety percent of his games played in his twelve year NFL career for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also the starting left tackle on Tampa Bay's 2002 Super Bowl champion team.

San Diego Chargers

In 2004, the Chargers traded a fifth round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Buccaneers for the rights to Oben. Oben was used with the pick obtained from the Giants in the Rivers-Manning trade. Oben quickly became a fixture at the left tackle position and after bouncing back from a career threatening foot injury he spent the 2007 season as more of a player-mentor as a reserve on the Charger's young offensive line.

The Corporate Playbook

As a leader on and off the field, Oben has remained committed to helping athletes make the transition into the workplace. While serving as the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) team representative for three teams over seven years, Oben was integral in drafting a resolution that ensures NFL Player Programs pay for continued education for retired players and as an active team representative, Oben was a charter member of the NFLPA Benefits Committee that ensured future medical coverage for all NFL players. Oben has been honored for his outstanding work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters San Diego where he was recognized as the 2007 Man of the Year. Oben earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Louisville and a master's degree in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a Vice President of Development, Roman establishes relationships within The Playbook network between universities, athletes and top companies seeking the skills and attributes that athletes contribute to the workforce. Roman also offers an experienced viewpoint for both collegiate and professional athletes preparing for life after sports and transitioning into the workforce.


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