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Dragging a little after the Thanksgiving break? Needing some extra motivation to get through this Tuesday? Here is the story for you then.
Amobi Okoye had a full ride to Harvard, or a full ride to play football at the University of Louisville. He graduated high school at 16 and became the youngest player in the NCAA when he dressed for the University of Louisville. He graduated college a semester early and was the 10th overall pick to the Houston Texans in 2007. In March of 2013, he nearly died after he contracted a rare disease that also took his memory. Now, he is fighting to find his spot on an NFL roster.
You can watch or read the full story below.
Our buddy Mark Blankenbaker from TheCrunchzone.com has finally gotten to share what he knows about former Cardinal Amobi Okoye, and a health problem that nearly costed him his life. To be honest, I had no idea that Okoye was going through any of this. Out of respect for Okoye’s family, Mark did not share this story. Finally on Thursday night, national media released information about it, so Mark finally felt ok with sharing what he knew. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote. At the bottom, you will find the link to read the rest of the story on thecrunchzone.com.
In the Spring of 2013, the day Louisville Basketball was triumphant in their Elite 8 match-up versus Duke and Kevin Ware stole national attention in Indianapolis, Amobi Okoye was on his way to the Houston Airport for a vacation with friends and family in Miami. A seizure struck. The trip was cancelled. It was the 2nd of a series of seizures for Okoye, the 1st of which came after a workout with former Louisville Linebacker Malik Jackson. Okoye was intent on getting into the best shape of his career following the 2012 season with the Chicago Bears and was a trim 285 pounds.