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Texans in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft making him an instant millionaire. In the process of being drafted Amobi earned the honor of being the youngest player ever drafted to play in the NFL at the age of 19.


Amobi currently plays for the Chicago Bears after four years of service with the Houston Texans. One of the things that most high profile professional sports stars do these days is give back to soci- ety, so while playing in the NFL Amobi dreamed up the idea of one day bringing the game of Foot- ball that has given him so much to the kids of Africa and one day seeing the same game that gave him opportunities doing the same for kids across Africa. So a few years back he launched his Foun- dation CATE which stands for “Changing Africa Through Education” and in that foundation he fo- cuses on emphasizing the benefits of education, but most especially so the game of Football. Infact the first two major objectives in the Foundations mission statement are


• Introduce American style football and promote fitness and nutrition among Nigeria youths. • Promote education and aid in creating more conducive learning environments.


I recently caught up with Amobi during his bye week of the 2012 regular season with the Chicago Bears and I had a great conversation with him to find out about his project and how it has been far- ing on.


Here is our conversation;


ASM: Amobi Okoye is a defensive tackle with the Chicago bears. He is of Nigerian descent and a football player, who immigrated to the United States at a young age. Amobi is very passionate about bringing football to Africa as well as be an advocate for education; he was a standout student him- self. Amobi, how are you sir?


Amobi: I’m doing great, thanks for having me.


ASM: Let me start off by asking you, how is life in foot- ball?


Amobi: Actually football is great. I’m blessed to see that I’m doing something that I love and at the same time with a purpose, so I just count my blessings everyday and enjoy it.


ASM: You are considered one of the most accomplished draft players to come out of college in the United States with a degree at a very young age at that in recent years. We currently have another player in the NFL who is making a lot of waves, in the name of Robert Griffin III. He plays for the Washington Redskins and is also a very accomplished player along the likes of you, what do you think of Robert Griffin III?


Amobi: I’ll tell you he is a phenomenal player he carries himself great, he is a great character and a great player; I wish the best for him and a very long career, what I really see on film is that he is a really really real smart player.


53 Okoye as a Houston Texan


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