Former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, will retire as a member of the Oakland Raiders after 11 years in the NFL.
This wouldn’t be news if it wasn’t for the fact that Nnamdi is expecting a child with his wife, Kerry Washington. Insiders are already speculating that Nnamdi made the decision to retire and hold down the home front with baby because of Kerry’s busy schedule playing Olivia Pope and her other movie roles. And Kerry was also concerned about the health of her football player husband with the heightened discussion of concussions in the NFL.
This is what starting a family is all about. Making choices that benefit all. We don’t know if that’s what Olivia Pope would have done, but this couple has got it handled.
Asomugha had his greatest success in the NFL with the Raiders, totaling 11 interceptions after being drafted in the first round out of California in 2003. He earned three Pro Bowl selections in eight seasons in Oakland and was a first-team All-Pro in 2008 and ’10.