For Nnamdi Asomugha, life is good.
The veteran cornerback married actress Kerry Washington earlier this month, and will be suiting up for a championship-caliber team in the San Francisco 49ers later this year.
It’s a far cry from his days with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles, where both teams failed to live up to expectations.
”There’s always this feeling of a fresh start because the previous season has never really been that great,” Asomugha told reporters after practice on Saturday. ”In my career I’ve never been on a playoff team, so it’s never been like we’re going to build off that playoff year from the year before. The fact that they’re building off the Super Bowl definitely changes the whole landscape of how this season is going mentally for me so far. It’s a fresh start, but it’s building off success.”
A “fresh start” is something that Asomugha has had before.
In 2011, he departed from Oakland for Philadelphia, signing a five-year, $60 million contract. But like the Eagles, Asomugha struggled, and was released earlier this offseason.
”The hunger is definitely there,” he said. ”It’s definitely a different culture. The whole environment is a lot more positive, a lot more upbeat, a lot more optimistic. And it’s true optimism. It’s not like all the 32 teams in the league coming in and saying this is the year we’re going to win the Super Bowl. It’s coming from a real place. I’ve never been around that.”