Making a positive impression as a rookie for New York, Kiwanuka started in nine of the team's 16 regular season games in 2006. And while he was on the field, starting or otherwise, he made the most of his time, racking up some notable stats as a rook. Kiwanuka registered 44 solo tackles, nine assists, four sacks, four passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Pretty much ticked off each defensive stat category........as a rookie.
In 2007, Kiwanuka switched to the linebacker position and started in nine games for the Giants there, prior to his season ending prematurely due to a fractured leg. In the ten total games Kiwanuka played for Big Blue that season, he picked up 4.5 sacks with 34 solo tackles and 12 assists, as his tackle and sack ratio per game increased from his impressive rookie season.
With an injury sidelining his teammate, number 72, Osi Umenyiora, in 2008, Kiwanuka was switched back to the defensive end position. It suited him well, proving he could play either end or linebacker professionally at a high level. That regular season, Kiwanuka racked up 8 sacks, 34 solo tackles, 17 assists, two forced fumbles and a safety, starting in all 16 games.
In 2009, he switched his jersey number to 94, putting up some similar stats to the previous season, although not starting in all 16 games. 2010 was a difficult professional season for Kiwanuka as he was sidelined with a herniated disc. In 2011, he was back on the field again though, starting at the linebacker position. Healthy and recovered, it might have been his best season as a Giant. He racked up 62 solo tackles, 22 assists, 3.5 sacks, two passes defended, an interception and a forced fumble. Of course, following the 2011 regular season, Kiwanuka helped anchor the defense that guided New York to the Super Bowl Championship.
Kiwanuka would play three more NFL seasons, all with the New York Giants, following that Super Bowl. For his regular season career as a Giant, the big defender racked up 301 solo tackles, 111 assists, 38.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and three interceptions.
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