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February 11, 2009
Catching up with Nnamdi

After hanging out with the NFL's elite, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will sit on a panel with former President Bill Clinton and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Asomugha will join them as part of the closing panel of The Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at the University of Texas in Austin.

Asomugha is the only athlete on the panel.

Asomugha does a lot of work with youth in Oakland and will stress giving back and philanthropy in everyday life to crowd of more than 1,000.

"I don't know if I've spoken to that many people," Asomugha said. "I've spoken to 800, about 700 before."

Asomugha still plans to continue his spring-time college tour with youth from the Oakland area. Last year's trip was in the New England area.

Here's more from Asomugha

*On waiting to be franchised again:

"I think they have until the 19th to tag me and if they do it, it'll probably be the last second," Asomugha said.

Asomugha said he was given the news last year in a phone call from Al Davis the night before he was tagged.

Asomugha didn't sign the franchise tender until the start of training camp last year.

His contract negotiations will be handled by Tom Condon, who Asomugha hired in December.

*Tom Cable is Asomugha's fifth head coach with Raiders since being drafted in 2003. Being in Hawaii helped Asomugha not to become wrapped up in hoopla that is a Raiders coaching search.

"I pretty much know the process now," Asomugha said. "You really don't get too involved into it. I made that mistake the first couple of times and my head was spinning. The last couple of times I stayed away."

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning told Asomugha he thought Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride would get the job. Neither realized Cable had already been named coach a day earlier.

In fact, Asomugha only knew that Cable was the head coach and Lionel Washington was the new defensive backs coach before today.

*Asomugh said 20-25 friends and family made the trip. He added Shane Lechler and Derrick Burgess "downplayed" how much fun he'd have.

Asomugha said practices were only about 45 minutes long and that the game itself felt more like a practice.

And it didn't take long for Asomugha to fit in with the NFL's best players.

"I think the first minute I was there, it was surreal a little bit," he said. "But once you start talking to them and they're the one's praising you and you're like you know what? I guess I do fit in."

--Jason Jones

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