The signing of Nnamdi Asomugha rocked the football world, as nobody saw it coming.
His impact for the Philadelphia Eagles will be huge. You can make the argument that Asomugha is the best corner in football. He was targeted a grand total of 31 times in 2010. Quarterbacks have refused to throw to his side as his ability to physically dominate any wide receiver in the league has been unquestioned.
The greatest impact Asomugha will have on the Eagles goes beyond his press-cover ability and his fluid hips. He is a great humanitarian and completely selfless person.
Asomugha has two main charity programs that go beyond just cutting a check for a worthy cause; he also donates a big chunk of his time and money to help his programs thrive. Asomugha College Tours for Scholars (ACTS) along with Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN) are his two major charities, and their impact both nationally and globally continue to grow every single year.
ACTS is a program that gives at-risk, inner-city high schoolers an opportunity to tour some of the best colleges in the nation. All students must have at least a 3.2 GPA, be involved in the community and also involved in extracurricular activities.
ACTS gives an opportunity to honor students in the inner city, who in a lot of cases, have never had the opportunity to travel much further than the city that they live in. The program gets young kids excited about college by being able to tour some of the most beautiful and prestigious campuses. ACTS had taken students to some of the best colleges and universities such as Harvard, NYU, MIT and Brown University.
OWIN is Asomugha's other major charity. The general purpose of OWIN is help the millions of single mothers and orphans in Africa get out of poverty and obtain the skills needed to stay out of poverty. OWIN is summed up by one of the most famous proverbs: "If you give a man a fish, you can feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you can feed him for a lifetime."
OWIN aids single mothers and orphans in Africa in three ways: vocational training, health care and microgrants. The vocational training centers in Nigeria teaches basic computer and literacy skills along with vocational trades ranging from textiles to agriculture. OWIN also works with local non-proift organizations to provide the health care needs of the single women and orphans while also working to provide financial aide and loans.
Asomugha's work off the field is simply remarkable. His heart as his big as his game. He takes time out of his incredibly busy schedule to take deserving kids from the inner cities to college tours across the country while donating his money to develop programs to help millions of needy women in Africa.
Asomugha was nominated for the Byron "Whizzer" White Award five straight years before winning the award in 2010. The award is given to the player who best demonstrates outstanding community service in the NFL.
The Eagles didn't just get on of the best players on the field, they got a valuable asset off the field for the city of Philadelphia.