Nigerian–American football defensive
The Los Angeles Rams selected Samson Ebukam in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2017 NFL draft. In his career with the Rams, he came to light in 64 games (35 starts) and 135 tackles, 14.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, six passes defended, four fumble recoveries, and one interception (returned for a touchdown). He was also seen in 6 postseason contests and accomplished 10 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one pass defense.
In 2020, Ebukam played in all 16 games (14 starts) and finished with 27 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass defense. He also showed his talent in two postseason games with one tackle and one pass defense.
Ebukam was 25 years old when he attended Eastern Washington University, played in 53 games (35 starts), and finished with 188 tackles, 24.0 sacks, and 10 passes defended. One of the best players, a three-time All-Big Sky honoree, finished his career and ranked sixth in school history with 24.0 sacks.
Nnamka Samson Ebukam, born on May 9, 1995, is a Nigerian-American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
Born in Onitsha, Nigeria, Ebukam moved to America at nine. He studied and graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon, in 2013. In school, he played football for the Scots. As an elder, he played at defensive end, tight end, and fullback, bagging First Team All-Mount Hood conference honors as a defensive end and got honorable mention honors as a tight end.
After high school, Ebukam received Division I scholarship offers. He chose Eastern Washington University over an offer from Portland State.
He played for his University as a three-year opener. Over 38 collegiate starts, he brought about 188 tackles, 44 tackles for losses, and 24 sacks.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams drafted Ebukam in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. The Los Angeles Rams exchanged their fourth-round and sixth-round picks to the New York Jets in the 2017 NFL drafts and acquired a fourth-round pick. Ebukam was one of them, and he was the 17th linebacker selected in 2017.
The Los Angeles Rams signed a contract of $3.01 million with Ebukam on June 20, 2017, for four years.
Ebukam was trained as a backup outside linebacker against Morgan Faux, Ejuan Prince, Cory Littleton, and Carlo Thompson. However, Ebukam's head coach, Sean McVay, suggested playing as a backup outside linebacker to start the regular season behind Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin.
His regular debut season was made in the Los Angeles Rams' season opener against the Indiana Colts, and he rocked the ground by recording three solo tackles in their 46-9 victory. Ebukam recorded one solo score and made the first forced fumble of his career during a sack in the Rams' 33-7 win against the Houston Texas on November 12, 2017.
He recorded his first career sack on Texas quarterback Tom Savage for a seven-yard loss and forced a fumble that his teammate recovered in the third quarter. Ebukam got a hit in his first career and collected a season-high five solo tackles in the 32-16 win at the Arizona Cardinals in week 13. His rookie season was finished in 2017 with 31 combined tackles (26 solos), two sacks, and a forced fumble in 16 games and two starts.
The first season of the Los Angeles Rams finished in 2017 in the NFC West with an 11-5 record and was honored by a playoff berth. Ebukam played his first career playoff on January 8, 2018, and made one tackle in the Rams' 26-13 loss against the Atlanta Falcons in the wild card round.
Ebukam moved to training camp as a starting outside linebacker. However, his head coach selected him and Matt Longacre as starting outside linebackers to begin the regular season, with inside linebackers Mark Baron and Cory Littleton.
Ebukam appeared in 16 games with five starts. He recorded 48 tackles, four and a half sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and four passes defended.
Starting from 14, he played in 16 games. He recorded 31 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass defense. In addition, he made four and a half sacks, two were made in the second half of week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals, which was preeminent for both teams.
On March 19, 2021, Ebukam signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
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May 9, 1995 (age 26) ,Nigeria
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
245 lb (111 kg)
2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
No. 56 – San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
First Team All-Big Sky (2016)
First Team FCS All-American (AFCA) (2016)
Third Team FCS All-American (AP, STATS) (2016)
Second Team All-Big Sky (2014-15)
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