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Amobi: It means a great deal to me …. for them to you know take a chance on me and pick me as the 10th overall pick in the 2007 DRAFT; my time there was great, 4 years playing there I enjoyed my years there, and I’m very grateful with ownership and the administration especially for the things they did for me and like you said picking me up.

ASM: You’ve spent some years in Houston, and now you’re playing for the Chicago Bears. What does it mean to be a Bear, first of all, because that’s just a legendary team and now you’re playing alongside the likes of a Nigerian American player, Israel Idonijie who I would consider a mentor to you, What does it mean or feel like for you to be playing alongside a great guy like Israel Idonijie and also playing for the Chicago Bears at this stage of your career?

Amobi: I think you took the word out of my mouth because first of all this is a legendary team and the way football started here its just great and the fans are great and phenomenal. You know even when we play away games they feel like home games, because they got fans everywhere and when we go places the fans travel. Also having a chance to play with Izzy since last year and I have known Izzy since 2008, he has definitely been a mentor to me and now I continue play alongside with him. It’s phenomenal; it’s great and we have a great time and we go out there and play for each other and win it out.

ASM: Alright, now you’ve been a stand out player in the league, but you basically transform your passion for the sport into a different arena, which means you come out of the field to take a challenge into bringing the NFL to Africa and I understand from visiting your web- site and from several other press clippings I’ve been able to come across that this is a drive you’ve been on ever since you’ve been in the NFL, why the passion to bring the NFL to Africa?

Amobi: I felt like this that in relation to my life, this was the purpose of my life and my life being where it is and the path of going to the NFL, because I came to the U.S. not to become an NFL Player but I ended up being an NFL Player. So I feel that this was one of the purposes of why I am put on this earth for and the great passion that I will like for the children of Africa to be able to see especially the value that comes from American football and the importance of education through American Football. I think that’s just something that the continent of Africa is lacking, that we can use academics to promote, or rather we can use athletics to promote academics and get kids back in school, so that they can understand the value of teamwork and the value of role playing and eve- rybody understanding their role, in that way I think the continent as a whole can get better with eve- rybody understanding that they have to do their part. Those are just some of the things and values that people learn from playing such a competitive team sport like football.

ASM: You’ve made several trips to Africa since you’ve been in the NFL. In an official capacity you went there with some other NFL players before and you have made several other trips subsequently to that and I know you are basically laying a foundation of what we will consider an NFL Africa in a sense, how feasible is that dream?

Amobi: It’s very feasible you know ….it’s kind of like similar to seeing a black president; (laughs)… it’s something that I feel can be done and can be in a shorter amount of time something shorter than its taken football to develop in the U.S despite the fact that it is a third world continent and it is a thing that can be used to uplift the middle class economy, the middle class people in Africa you know.

ASM: You have a section of your foundation’s projects operating under the titled “Changing Africa Through Education” tell us…


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