Nnamdi Asomugha

With 'Crown Heights,' ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha is claiming space in Hollywood

With 'Crown Heights,' ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha is claiming space in Hollywood

Nnamdi Asomugha never thought he’d actually become an actor. Sure, like many young black boys growing up, there were two careers that captured his idea of success: on the field or court as a professional athlete or on stages and screens as a top-billed entertainer.

But he was also the son of Nigerian parents who migrated to the United States in the 1970s. They had two very different career paths in mind: doctor or lawyer. “And actually those are the only two professions on the planet,” he said with a laugh, repeating his parents’ early admonition.

Now, after a decade of a professional football career before retiring in 2013, Asomugha is making moves to...

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