Third-year outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu is set to receive some new hardware later this month as the inaugural winner of the Mayor’s Community Athlete Award presented by the Los Angeles Sports Council.
The award will be given out on February 20th for the very first time at the L.A. Sports Awards. It will now be given annually to a “Southern California athlete who has given back in an extraordinary way to his or her community”.
Nwosu, a Carson, California-native, has been an extremely active member within the community ever since he was drafted by the Chargers in the second round out of USC. He played at nearby Narbonne High School before continuing on a path to the pros that never caused him to leave his beloved Southern California. In an interview with Nwosu I had the pleasure of doing early last year, he said the best part of playing in SoCal his entire career is that he was always able to enjoy his mother’s cooking whenever he wanted.
Uchenna was the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award after his thorough involvement in a number of charity organizations/events, including the Chargers/Tyson Foods LA Regional Food Bank food distribution program, the team’s annual bike giveaway, “My Cause, My Cleats” in which he designed cleats to honor the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and the team’s Play60 Jr. Chargers Training Camps.
In his three year’s with the team, Nwosu has amassed 72 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, two passess defended, and a forced fumble, including the game-sealing strip-sack of Lamar Jackson in the team’s opening playoff win against the Ravens during last year’s wildcard round.