Chidi Iwuoma (born February 19, 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at California.
Iwuoma attended Pasadena High School
in Pasadena, California
. He graduated in 1996.
Iwuoma attended the University of California, Berkeley
where he was a stand-out PAC-10
football star. His jersey number was 25. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare
Iwuoma primarily played on special teams
(kick-off and punt coverage) with the Steelers. He earned a Super Bowl ring
with the Steelers following the 2005 season. Iwuoma was elected the Special Teams Co-Captain for two consectuive seasons.
2006 was a roller coaster season for Iwuoma. After winning the Super Bowl, he underwent shoulder surgery. He rehabilitated himself in time for pre-season camp. During a pre-season match, he suffered a concussion
. While recouperating, in a surprise roster move the day before the official start of the regular season, the Steelers released him on September 7, 2006 to make room on the roster for quarterback Brian St. Pierre
after the Steeler's starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger
, had an emergency appendectomy
. On October 4, 2006, the New England Patriots
signed Iwuoma, then released him on October 31st. On November 14, 2006, Iwuoma signed with the St. Louis Rams
, then was released on November 28th. The Steelers defense
suffered during the 2006 season, and Iwuoma's absence from the team was missed by the Steelers organization, loyal fans, and the sports media that questioned his abrupt release throughout the season. On December 5, 2006, with four games remaining in the season, the Steelers re-signed Iwuoma. Iwuoma ended his 2006 season with the Steelers by way of a dislocated wrist that required surgery.
He was signed by the Titans on December 26, 2007.