Akin Ayodele

In his nine-year career in the NFL, Ayodele was known for his athleticism and work ethic, playing in 147 of 148 games and amassing 995 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and nearly an interception per season (7). He was drafted as the 89th pick overall in the third round of the 2002 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through his career, he also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.

Prior to professional football Ayodele received his Liberal Arts degree from Purdue University, focusing on Psychology & Law in Society, with a minor in Organizational Leadership. In collegiate football he shows up in Purdue’s all-time record book 10 times, is tied for second in career sacks, and was named Second Team All Big-Ten as a sophomore & Junior, then First Team All Big-Ten and team MVP as a senior. Ayodele was also a two-year Team Captain while playing at Purdue.

He takes a management role and leads the strategic implementation of his business investments, which span several industries including film production, restaurants, event hosting, and wholesale distribution. As a motivational speaker, he can be seen talking in front of corporations, educational organizations, and youth groups.

The Dream Builders Foundation matches NFL players with local charities for the sake of benefitting at risk, financially, or mentally challenged youth. Dream Builders is already in one-third of all NFL cities and is rapidly expanding nationally and into other professional sports. In August of 2014, he received his MBA from The George Washington University.