Ovie Phillip Mughelli
(born June 10
in Boston, Mass.
) is an American football fullback
for the Atlanta Falcons
of the NFL
. He signed a 6-year, $18 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus on March 2
with the Falcons. The contract was the largest given to a fullback in NFL history.
High school career
Mughelli attended the exclusive Porter-Gaud School
in Charleston, South Carolina
and was a good student and a letterman
, and track & field
. In football, he rushed for more than 4,500 yards and scored 69 touchdowns during his career at Porter-Gaud, and he rushed for 2,167 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He was named the team's MVP
for three years, was a three-time All-Conference
selection, and as a senior, he was also named the State Player of the Year in his classification and was a Regional All-Star selection in all division. He also led the team to a state title in 1996 and state runner-up honors during his senior year in 1997.
Mughelli attended Wake Forest University
and was a letterman in football.
Mughelli was selected with the 134th overall pick (fourth round) of the 2003 NFL Draft
by the Baltimore Ravens
; the choice was a compensatory pick. He was the second fullback selected in Baltimore's franchise history (the first was Steve Lee
in the 6th round of the 1997 draft
); he was also the first Wake Forest player selected in the history of the team.
, Mughelli saw action in 6 regular season games and 1 postseason game as a rookie
and recorded 5 special teams
tackles (adding 1 in the postseason). He was inactive the first two weeks of the season and saw his first NFL action on special teams in week 3 against San Diego
on September 21
where he posted 1 solo special teams tackle.
Mughelli saw action in 3 games, recording 2 special teams tackles in 2004
. In week 3, he played on special teams before leaving the game in the second quarter with a hamstring
injury and was inactive in weeks 4-8. On November 14
, Mughelli returned to play on special teams, netting 1 tackle against the New York Jets
Posting his first 5 career starts in 2005
, Mughelli, helped pave the way for Baltimore to rush for 1,605 yards. He also pulled in 3 receptions for 13 yards and finished 4th on the team with 16 special teams tackles. His season highlights include starting
and helping protect QB Kyle Boller
, allowing him to throw for a season-high 289 yards and 3 TDs against Minnesota
on December 25
. He also helped pave the way for the Ravens to rush for 88 yards, and caught a pass for 6 yards against the Vikings. Mughelli saw action off the bench and helped pave the way for the Ravens to rush for a season-high 182 yards, including 105 by Jamal Lewis
in the 48-3 victory against Green Bay
on December 19
. He led the team with 4 special teams tackles in an 16-13 OT victory against Pittsburgh
on November 20
. Mughelli also saw action from scrimmage and on special teams, recording 2 tackles and earning a special teams game ball in against the New York Jets on October 2
It was during the 2006 season
that Mughelli recorded his first ever NFL touchdown.
In 2007, Mughelli signed with the Atlanta Falcons to block for running backs Warrick Dunn
and Jerious Norwood
- Mughelli's name is pronounced OH-vee muh-HAY-lee.
- Mughelli is of Nigerian descent.
- Mughelli attended the Annual Football 101 Festival event for women, which teaches practical football skills in November 2005.
- Along with Ravens teammates, Mughelli helped refurbish homes with Sandtown Habitat for Humanity in fall 2006.
- In February 2006, Mughelli took part in the Harvard Graduate Business School's Business education program for NFL players. The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.