James Ihedigbo: Twice the Charm?

Super Bowl hype is nothing new for Ihedigbo, this will be James Ihedigbo’s second trip to the Super Bowl. He appeared last year on the roster of the New England Patriots who lost to the Giants. When asked about the Super Bowl experience, Ihedigbo says it’s hard to explain, you can’t put it into words, it’s something you have to experience because the feeling in electric.

James’ mother Rose Ihedigbo plans to travel to New Orleans Thursday to watch her son play in the Super Bowl. Rose Ihedigbo is a native of southern Nigeria. She said he exemplifies the values she and his father instilled in him, the values of hard work, perseverance and faith in God.

Three Africanballerz Representing In the Pro Bowl

Tamba Hali, Outside Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs is the lone representative from AFC and will be the starting Linebacker for the game.

The last two representatives are from the NFC.

Russell Okung, who plays Tackle for Seattle Seahawks will be the starting Tackle in this game.

Ndamukong Suh, who plays Inside Linebacker for the Detroit Lions was chosen as a replacement player.

And then there were Two

The only Africanballerz left in the road to the Super Bowl all play for the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens won handedly in what appeared to be an easy game. The Ray Lewis retirement tour continues and will end with the Super Bowl.

Baltimore Ravens

Brendon Ayobadejo- In
James Ihedigbo – In
Keleche Osemele – In

The New England Patriots may have suffered two losses. First, they lose the game, and possibly the services of top cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib is rumored to be willing to test the free-agent market.

New England Patriots
Aqib Talib – Out

After a fast start in the game, the San Francisco 49ers made their adjustments and shut down the Falcons in the second half. In a quote by Dennis Green that never seems to disappoint. The Atlanta Falcons turned out to be who we thought they were.

Asante Samuels – Out
Jonathan Massaquoi – Out

Congratulations to our Africanballerz playing in the Super Bowl. Good Luck to the Baltimore Ravens.


Keleche Osemele can breathe a sigh of relief about his penalty late in the game, “redemption tastes good”. In what was clearly one of the better games played this season. The Ray Lewis last game tour lives to see another day. The game went back and forth from start of regulation, we watched from the edge of our seats. The Ravens come out with the win double overtime.

Brendon Ayobadejo- In
James Ihedigbo – In
Keleche Osemele – In

The Atlanta Falcons should send a thank you to the Offensive Coordinator for Seattle for calling the plays that left points off of the board.
Jonathan Massaquio – In
Asante Samuels – In

A lackluster first half and bad play calling ended the season for the Cinderella team, the Seattle Seahawks.
• Ben Obamanu- Out
• Russell Okung – Out
• Frank Omiyale – Out

Unfortunately for the Green Bay Packers, their season has come to an end as well.

BJ Raji – Out

Africanballerz Still In Super Bowl Hunt


Green Bay Packers –  BJ Raji – In

Seattle Seahawks – Ben Obamanu,  Russell Okung – In


Baltimore Ravens -Brendon Ayobadejo, James Ihedigbo, and Keleche Osemele – In

New England Patriots – Aqib Talib – In

Atlanta Falcons –  Jonathan Massaquio,  Asante Samuels – In

Africanballerz -Out

Washington Redskins –  Brian Orakpo,  Madieu Williams – Out

Indianapolis Colts –  Moise Fokou,  Joe Lefeged,  Ben Ijalena – Out

Cincinnati Bengals –  George Iloka,  Emmanuel Lamur,  Mohamed Sanu – Out

Minnesota Vikings-  Devin Aromashodu – Out