A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Yesterday, we profiled former Opelousas High School great Herman Arive.

Today, we spotlight former Lafayette High School standout Cedric Figaro.

Born on August 17, 1966, Figaro was a star linebacker for Lafayette High, being tabbed a USA Today High School All-American in 1983..

Following his high school years, Figaro went on to college at Notre Dame., where he starred for the Fighting Irish.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Figaro was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 6th round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

Figaro made his NFL debut with the Chargers in 1988, at the age of 22, playing in 6 games, including 5 as a starter at inside linebacker, compiling 35 tackles.

The 1989 season saw Figaro put together his best season, playing in 16 games, including 14 as a starter, while accumulating a career-high 64 tackles, to go along with an interception.

In 1990, Figaro's final year with the Chargers, he became a reserve, playing in all 16 games, mainly on special teams, making 8 tackles.

Figaro played one game with the Indianapolis Colts in 1991, before playing in 12 games with the Cleveland Browns, with whom he also spent the 1992 campaign with.

Out of football for two years, Figaro spent two seasons (1995-1996) with the St. Louis Rams, prior to retiring.

In parts of seven NFL seasons, Figaro appeared in 98 games, including 21 as a starter, registering 159 tackles and two interceptions.

Today, the 50-year old Figaro is a high school football coach. He was the head coach at South Plaquemines, before joining the Acadiana High School staff as an assistant in 2015.