on transitioning from Olympic discus throwing to NFL

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The Jets last month signed Okoye to their practice squad. He is a former British record holding discus thrower. He participated in the 2012 Olympics in London. He finished 12th. Okoye’s parents are Nigerian, but he was born near London.

Okoye, a 24 year old who is 6 foot 6 and 304 pounds, was previously a defensive end for the 49ers. He has never appeared in an NFL game. He hadn’t ever played offensive NFL Carolina Panthers Jerseys Cheap Free Shipping line before he joined the Jets.

In 2013, Okoye decided to give football a shot, even though he had never played it at the high school or college level. He did play rugby as a teenager.

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The 49ers signed him in the spring of 2013. He spent his first season on injured reserve, and 2014 on the practice squad. The 49ers cut him after training camp this year. Okoye joined Arizona’s practice squad in September and was cut the next month.

This week, Okoye who went from youth rugby to Olympic discus to the NFL talked about his latest transition, as an offensive lineman.

What has the transition to playing offensive tackle been like?

“It’s a whole new set of rules and lots of different techniques. But I think in terms of my overall football IQ, it can only improve that whichever side of the ball I end up playing next year. I’m using it as a way to broaden my horizons in the game. I’ve learned a bunch about football in general from my time in the o line room. I just find it’s a great learning experience, for my total football acumen.”

Do you feel like you have a long term future in the NFL?

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“I’m very confident in my ability. I think obviously having never played, it hurts me in the sense that teams are less likely to trust me, to go out there right now and play. But from the standpoint of actually going onto the field and making plays, I’m very excited about what I can do. I’m just excited for my opportunity to show everyone what I can do. Coming from where I come from, and trying to learn what I’ve been trying to learn, obviously it’s going to take some time. It’s been tough being in the background. I’m used to trying to be out there, and trying to do my thing. Obviously, being in the background and learning, that’s what was cheap vikings jerseys necessary for me to complete this transition. I think all my learning years are behind me now. Obviously, you never stop learning, but my novelty years are way behind me.”

What is your first memory of watching the NFL back home in England?

“They always used to have three games back to back on Sky Sports on Sundays, and I used cheap cardinals jerseys to watch games. That used to be pretty cool. I started watching football mainly when I was 13, 14. They would NHL Jerseys For Sale go late into the night [on Sundays]. I used to really enjoy it. And I played rugby at that time. I thought the skills were really transferable.”

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Who was your favorite NFL player?

“I think my favorite player before I came to the country was probably AP, Adrian Peterson. In terms of d line, before I came here, I liked Julius Peppers, but that was like a few years ago. Now, I study every player. It’s been great actually being here and having access to the tape, and being able to study everybody and learn things.”

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