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Former NFL Player, Founder
Ovie Mughelli Foundation
Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League, exhibits dedication and drive both on and off the field. He devotes his time to empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide "green sports camps" for young athletes, most notably Recycle on the Run, which produces a synergy of athletic participation while fostering environmental stewardship. When he is not working to educate, enlighten, and engage people on the methods of living green, his dynamic personality and passion for sports has leant to his success serving as a Media Correspondent. Working in television, radio and digital broadcasting for Fox Sports, Comcast Sports South, Raycom, CBS Sports Radio, 120 Sports and 680 The Fan.
Before his days as an Environmental Advocate and Media Correspondent, Mughelli started playing football at the prestigious Porter Gaud H.S. in Charleston, SC. When he was drafted from Wake Forest University to the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, his high school held him in great esteem. They inducted him into the Porter Gaud Sports Hall of Fame and retired his jersey. Mughelli still pays tribute to the high school by hosting an annual free-admission Green Football Camp on campus for the students and local community.
Mughelli’s football career blossomed quickly and is remembered as one of intense drive and unrelenting hunger for success. After sustaining an injury during his second season in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens drafted a replacement fullback for the upcoming season. Mughelli remembers having to conquer both his mental and physical obstacles to overcome the injury and successfully win back his starting position. Mughelli succeeded in this task and went on to be named All Pro Fullback for the league in both 2006 with the Baltimore Ravens and later in 2011 while playing for the Atlanta Falcons. Mughelli was not only recognized for his accomplishments as an athlete, but also for his impact and contributions off the field. During his nine seasons with the NFL, he has received several awards including the Falcons Man of the Year Award, the Diamond Award for Excellence in Sports and was a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Nominee in 2007.
After his football career came to an end in 2012, Mughelli knew he had more to offer in the athletics arena. He started working as a Sports Analyst on television, radio and digital broadcasting platforms. He continues to perfect his skills and is often seen on Super Bowl Media Tours, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, as well as guest hosting for various sports networks.
Although he has seen much success through his media career, Mughelli’s true passion continues to prevail in his dedication and active engagement in the betterment of our nation’s communities. His environmental awareness endeavors have earned him keynote speaking engagements throughout the country. Mughelli met with Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former Vice President Al Gore to discuss greening initiatives and was later invited as a closing speaker at the White House for the Environmental Sustainability Through Sports assembly. He has spoken in Washington, D.C. On the National Mall in support of Earth Day, and established a national partnership agreement with the EPA to support ecofriendly youth programs in an effort to encourage and grow environmental stewardship across the nation.
Mughelli is currently ranked second in the world as an Eco-athlete, recognized by Planet Green for his extreme commitment advocating for the environment while increasing community involvement and awareness. He has also been recognized and awarded the Captain Planet Foundation Hero for the Earth Award and The Long Leaf Award, which distinguishes emerging environmental leaders.
Mughelli continues to evolve his reach and extend past his traditional demographic to encompass much of the United States and beyond. Using his celebrity exposure, Mughelli has conducted Public Service Announcements for the environment as well as for fiscal support during difficult economic times. He has served as a Media Spokesman in a Coalition of Athletes to focus media exposure on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill in 2010 and spoke at the Blue Green Alliance Foundations “Good Jobs, Green Jobs” Conference in 2013.
Mughelli, born of two Nigerian immigrants, embraces the American Dream as a first generation American in his family. Instilled with the notion that great things only come to those who strive to achieve them, he has surpassed the pinnacle of what most people accomplish in a lifetime, all before his 35th birthday.
When he is not travelling throughout the country speaking at schools, hosting events, or donating eco-friendly infrastructure to local parks and recreational facilities, Mughelli enjoys spending quality time with his wife Masika and the couple’s children.