birthdate=birth date and age|1983|3|5
birthplace=Los Angeles, California
* "SN" Freshman All-Pac-10 (2001)
* "SN" Freshman
* Second-team All-Pac-10 (2002)
* First-team All-Pac-10 (2003)
* Consensus All-American (2003)
* Hendricks Award finalist (2003)
Kenechi Nduka Udeze (pronEng|Ku-NEE-chee oo-DEZ-ay) (born
March 5, 1983in city-state|Los Angeles|California) is an American football defensive endfor the Minnesota Vikingsof the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings 20th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college footballat Southern California.
Udeze attended the
University of Southern California, and was a three-year starter and helped his team to a 2004 Rose Bowl victory as a junior. He finished his college career with 135 tackles (51 of them for a loss), 28 sacks (a school record), 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, five pass deflections, and two blocked kicks.
Udeze was drafted by the Vikings out of USC in the first round of the
2004 NFL Draftwith the 20th overall selection. During his rookie season with the Vikings, he started 15 games and recorded 36 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass deflected. As a second year pro Udeze was injured in the Vikings third game of the season with cartilage damage in his left knee, which kept him out the rest of the year. Udeze finished the season with 3 games started, 5 tackles, and one sack.
On February 11, 2008 it was announced that Udeze was diagnosed by doctors with a form of
Leukemia. KMSP-TV(Ch. 9) also reported that Udeze is at Fairview Southdale Hospital undergoing tests and that he was at the Mayo Clinicin Rochester the week before [cite web|url=http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/15534342.html |title= Reports: Vikings' Udeze has leukemia |accessdate=2008-02-12|publisher=StarTribune.com] . Udeze revealed that his acute leukemiais in a state of remission. Udeze will get a bone marrowtransplant from his brother. He says he plans to play football again someday, but says health is his No. 1 priority for now. [ [http://ww3.startribune.com/vikingsblog/?p=1517 Great news for Kenechi Udeze] ]
The Vikings placed Udeze on the non-football injury list and eventually injured reserve in July 2008, ending his season.
* [http://www.vikings.com/player_detail_objectname_kenechi_udeze.html Minnesota Vikings bio]
* [http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/udeze_kenechi00.html USC Trojans bio]
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