Do Right Men 2007: Adewale Ogunleye

DO Right Men 2007: Adewale Ogunleye
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 29, 2008

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.

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HOME BASE: Brooklyn
PROFESSION: Chicago Bears defensive end
DOING RIGHT: Some may only know this gridiron guy for his fast moves on the field. Few would guess that the down-to-earth Ogunleye is a descendant of African royalty. “My grandfather was king of Emure and so was his father before him,” says Ogunleye, the Brooklyn-born son of Nigerian immigrants. “It’s part of me, but I don’t bring it up to folks. It starts to take on a whole Eddie Murphy/Coming to America clichĂ©.” What does interest Ogunleye is giving back, which is why he created Goal Power, an organization that encourages young people to think beyond sports careers on the field. “Why be a player when you can be an owner?” he asks.