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On his sixth NFL team, Lawrence Okoye just wants to play in a game

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Lawrence Okoye may be the only person who has ever been on six different NFL teams without ever having played in a competitive football game: Not at the professional level, not in college, not in high school, nowhere.

Okoye, a British discus thrower who is trying to turn into an NFL defensive lineman, has played in exhibition games, but he’s never played in a game where anyone cares who wins and who loses.

“It’s a huge learning curve,” Okoye said, “and I think my skill set has improved drastically. It’s a shame I haven’t been able to display that yet in a competitive game but hopefully going forward that will change.”

After finishing 12th in the discus in the 2012 Olympics, the 6-foot-6, 304-pound Okoye heard from NFL scouts who told him he had the perfect athletic makeup to become an NFL defensive lineman. He decided to give it a shot and signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. But after spending two years in San Francisco without ever getting in a game, Okoye was released. Since then Okoye has spent brief times with the Cardinals, Jets, Cowboys, Bears and now the Dolphins, always without ever getting on the field for a real game.

The 25-year-old Okoye has reportedly looked good at Dolphins OTAs. Perhaps this is the year when he’ll play football for real, for the first time.

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15 Responses to “On his sixth NFL team, Lawrence Okoye just wants to play in a game”
  1. joaonmatz says: Jun 10, 2017 4:43 PM

    This is hilarious. It shows how so many “Scouts” only look at measurables and not video evidence.

    Think about it, in a extremely though to make it league, how crazy is that he’s on his 4th year and not enter the field ONCE. Playing in bad teams too.

    No wonder some teams have consistent success while others have consistent suckiness

  2. pubesoap says: Jun 10, 2017 4:57 PM

    Ruuudy, Ruuudy, Ruuudy…

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Jun 10, 2017 5:09 PM

    Okoye heard from NFL scouts who told him he had the perfect athletic makeup to become an NFL defensive lineman.

    Cleveland scouts?

  4. weepingjebus says: Jun 10, 2017 5:15 PM

    Sounds like he was blackballed after leaving the Niners. To the barricades!

  5. craniator says: Jun 10, 2017 5:16 PM

    Okoye is okaye.

  6. scmems07 says: Jun 10, 2017 5:18 PM

    He’s 6’6″, 304 lbs…. and you can’t teach that!

  7. cakesw says: Jun 10, 2017 5:47 PM

    Problem is that…

    6 teams in 6 yeas….

    He needed to stay on one team for 3_4 years…not learn 6 different systems

  8. youngman44 says: Jun 10, 2017 7:01 PM

    He’s not only 6’6, 304, but he ran a 4.78 (1.67 10 yard split – which is better than a number of talented DE’s in the NFL draft) along with 30 reps at his NFL workout a few years back. That’s impressive athleticism and strength with long arms at 6’6.

    I don’t think the different systems hinder him -it wasn’t like he was trying to make defensive calls. He’s just trying to develop technique at the DT position that can help him make a football team. Techniques differ according to where one lines up but the Dolphins wide 9, 4-3, D is probably his best chance (and, he can learn from one of the best at his position in Suh).

    While many think it absurd to try to make an athlete a football player, there have been other sport athletes who were late bloomers and came into the NFL and performed well (Bob Hayes, Antonio Gates, etc.).

  9. igotgamenj says: Jun 10, 2017 8:06 PM

    Hope Miami gives him a chance love to see what he could do when it counts this guy is built like a Mack Truck reminds me of Wake and he’s a DT

  10. abninf says: Jun 10, 2017 8:28 PM

    I wonder how much salary he’s received in six years.

  11. 6thsense10 says: Jun 10, 2017 9:24 PM

    joaonmatz says:
    Jun 10, 2017 4:43 PM
    This is hilarious. It shows how so many “Scouts” only look at measurables and not video evidence.

    Think about it, in a extremely though to make it league, how crazy is that he’s on his 4th year and not enter the field ONCE. Playing in bad teams too.

    No wonder some teams have consistent success while others have consistent suckiness
    ———
    What’s hilarious is you not understanding how the NFL works. Every team from the terrible to the most successful teams bring in long shot prospects. From Olympic sprinters, to pro soccer players, to basketball players….and the reason teams do this is because it’s a low risk high reward situation. These prospects are either late round picks or free agent rookies with little leverage.

  12. uglydingo says: Jun 10, 2017 10:16 PM

    Easy for people to quickly write him off, but he is an elite athlete who has taken some time to learn American football after never being exposed to the game. He is a very interesting development prospect if continues to improve.

  13. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 11, 2017 8:06 AM

    abninf says:
    Jun 10, 2017 8:28 PM

    I wonder how much salary he’s received in six years.
    ———————————————————
    Gotta say, this is my main curiosity as well.

  14. RegisHawk says: Jun 12, 2017 8:44 AM

    This is the guy NutJob was in love with…maybe he should go to Michigan…

  15. mksnpcola says: Jun 12, 2017 11:12 AM

    As a discus thrower myself (still throwing at 56) and a Dolphins fan, I am all for it!
    I wish him all the best.

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