Kelechi Osemele, a 2007 graduate of Langham Creek High School, will perform on a football player’s ultimate stage on Sunday when he takes the field for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Osemele, a rookie offensive lineman, started all 16 regular season games as a right tackle before moving over to the starting left guard position for the playoffs.
The 6-foot-6, 333-pound athlete was drafted out of Iowa State in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft at No. 60 overall. While playing for the Cyclones in college, Osemele was a three-time All-Big 12 Conference selection.
At Langham Creek, Osemele played for now-retired head coach Mac Woodfin. Woodfin recalled how far Osemele progressed since he entered the program as an out-of-shape freshman.
“I remember he was doing one lap around the track for a physical fitness test, just walking, and he tore the patella tendon in his knee. That’s the kind of condition he was in,” Woodfin says. “But by the time he graduated, he was an incredible physical specimen. We thought he had a chance to be something special.”
Current Langham Creek head coach Todd Thompson maintains periodic contact with Osemele, and has invited him back to speak to Lobo athletes.
“We had him down here to speak to the team the day before the NFL Draft last spring, and he was a great example for our kids,” Thompson says. “He’s a down-to-earth guy who’s a product of hard work and academic success. Osemele doesn’t have an ounce of arrogance in him; he’s just a good person.”
Woodfin said he still keeps in touch with Osemele, and is proud of his progress into a Super Bowl starter.
“He’s really blossomed in a short amount of time this season,” he said. “He sticks out on the field and has done a fantastic job. I know he’s thrilled to death about this game, and I’m thrilled to watch him perform on this level.”
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele,
a Langham Creek High School graduate