Drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth-round (116th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Iwebema has appeared in 31 games and all six postseason contests in his first three seasons.
2009: After having a benign, baseball-sized tumor removed from his chest in the spring, made it back for training camp and played in 11 regular season games as well as both playoff contests … injured his ankle in the first quarter vs. SF (9/13) and was inactive (ankle) for the next three games … registered first career sack @ Sea (10/18); sack came on 3rd-n-goal on the AZ three yard-line, forcing Seattle to kick a FG in the second quarter … recorded a career-high two special teams tackles @ NYG (10/25) … inactive (knee) vs. Car (11/1) … returned from knee injury to register one tackle and one special teams tackle @ Chi (11/8) … tied career-high with two special teams tackles vs. Min (12/6) … recorded second career sack @ Det (12/20) … inactive (head) for the regular season finale vs. GB (1/3/10) … saw time on defense and special teams in both postseason games but did not record any statistics.
2008: As a rookie, played in 13 regular season games and all four postseason contests as a reserve defensive lineman and special teams contributor ... made NFL debut and registered one tackle in season opener @ SF (9/7) ... registered first career special teams tackle @ StL (11/2) … played in first career playoff game vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... set career-highs with two tackles and one pass defensed @ Car (1/10/09) ... recorded one special teams tackle in Super Bowl XLIII vs. Pit (2/1/09).
Appeared in 43 career games at Iowa, including starts in 30 of the last 31 games in which he played … recorded 106 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 19.5 stops for a loss, eight QB pressures, three forced fumbles and blocked four kicks during his collegiate career … started 11 games at right DE and collected 28 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks as a senior … appeared in eight games (seven starts) at right DE and finished the season with 27 tackles, three sacks, 4.5 stops for loss and a forced fumble during his junior year … missed three games in 2006 and part of others due to injury before having shoulder surgery … named All-Big 10 Conference first-team selection by the league’s media after starting all 12 games at right DE as a sophomore … appeared in all 12 games at right DE, recording three tackles as a freshman.
Full name Kenneth Ogwugwa Iwebema … last name pronounced “uh-WEB-uh-muh” … attended James Bowie (Arlington, TX) High School and was selected first-team all-conference and honorable mention All-State as a senior after posting 48 tackles, 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss … in addition to being a three-time letter winner in football, lettered twice in track, performing in the discus … Health and Sports Studies major at Iowa.