Greensboro's Larry Ogunjobi, a Ragsdale High School graduate, has been suspended for one game for his actions in the fight during the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game Thursday night that has rocked the NFL.
Ogunjobi also has been fined an unspecified amount for "unnecessary roughness, specifically for shoving an opposing player to the ground during an altercation."
His teammate, Garrett, removed the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit Rudolph with it in the head. Garrett has been suspended indefinitely at least for the rest of the regular season and postseason by the NFL.
After Rudolph had gotten back to his feet, Ogunjobi shoved Rudolph back to the ground.
Ogunjobi, the son of Nigerian immigrants, graduated from Ragsdale in 2012 and chose to attend UNC-Charlotte. The former News & Record All-Area football player was a double major in computer science and biology at Charlotte and made the academic honor roll in every semester.
Recruited to play for a startup program, he took a redshirt season as a freshman, waiting for the team's Football Championship Subdivision debut in 2013. Charlotte moved up to Football Bowl Subdivision status in 2015.
Ogunjobi led the 49ers in tackles for loss each season, finishing with 49, including 11 sacks.
Ogunjobi then became the first Ragsdale alumnus selected in the NFL draft, in April 2017.
Garrett’s violent outburst in the final seconds of the nationally televised game landed him the longest suspension for a single on-field infraction in league history. Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games in 2006.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for punching and kicking Garrett.
The suspended players have three business days to appeal their penalties.
The league said Garrett would have to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell before his reinstatement is considered.
The Steelers and Browns were also fined $250,000 each.