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Chargers players intern during offseason

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Seyi Ajirotutu are using their time to plan for life after the NFL.

SAN DIEGO – A pair of Chargers are spending a portion of the offseason doing what many young career-minded people do: interning.

Most of them don’t happen to be 6-foot-4, 312-pound defensive tackles with multiple years of NFL experience.

Ogemdi Nwagbuo, who worked customer service for Enterprise Rent-a-Car in San Diego after finishing the 2008 season on the practice squad, has an internship at the NFL office in New York. Nwagbuo, one of three players along with Winston Justice and Nate Salley, also interned at J Public Relations in San Diego.

“I want to keep preparing for my career after football because you never know when that’s going to happen,” said Nwagbuo, who is exploring interests in public relations, marketing and human resources. “Just keep building up your resume because coming out of college you don’t have any job experience.”

Seyi Ajirotutu just finished his rookie season at receiver, joining college roommate Ryan Mathews on the active roster after beginning the year on the practice squad.

Ajirotutu, who has a finance degree from Fresno State, is interning with the Pollakov Financial Group.

Several Chargers also have applied for the NFL’s broadcast boot camp, director of player development Arthur Hightower said.

He cited Andre Wadsworth, Jim McMahon and Phil Simms as former players that re-invented themselves after football ended.

“They’re going to have a longer career doing what they’re doing next than playing football,” Hightower said.

RB SIGNED: The Chargers signed running back Frank Summers to a Reserve/Future contract Tuesday.

At 5-foot-10, 240 pounds, Summers is built like Mike Tolbert (5-foot-9, 243 pounds). Selected out of UNLV by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, Summers started at fullback the first two games of his rookie season before being placed on Injured Reserve.

Summers practiced at running back and fullback for the Steelers during the 2010 preseason and was released during final cuts. He spent the rest of the season on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.

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