ESPN's NFL Countdown today included a feature by Tom Jackson on Amobi Okoye, the Amobi Okoye Foundation, and his charitable work in his native Nigeria. After the feature, Jackson remarked how refreshing it was, after all the negative stories about football players that have been in the news lately, to hear something about an NFL player who really cares and is doing some good. "And I would be remiss," he added, "if I didn't note that he was from UofL. I'm proud to be his fellow Cardinal." Thanks, TJ, for getting the plug in there for the alma mater!
Okoye chose Louisville over Harvard, was the youngest player in college football when he played as a 16-year-old true freshman, and graduated in three and a half years with a degree in psychology. At 19, he was the youngest player ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He was, at the time, the highest draft pick from Louisville since the AFL-NFL merger. He's in his fourth season with Houston and is a starting DT, with 10 tackles in four games.