Nigerian Haggai Ndubuisi solely heard of American soccer for the primary time when he was 18 after seeing the sport on Youtube. Now he’s a Denver Broncos defensive deal with within the NFL.
The Lagos, Nigeria, native first got interested in America’s recreation after watching a compilation video of among the league’s hardest hits, the Washington Publish reported on Aug. 17.
Ndubuisi stated that when he was a teen, he acquired his pals collectively, and so they practiced enjoying soccer, regardless that they actually didn’t perceive all the principles. He additionally studied the sport and practiced on his personal.
Not way back, Ndubuisi acquired an opportunity to check out when he was chosen by the NFL’s Worldwide Participant Pathway Program (IPPP), led by Tremendous Bowl champion and former NFL participant Osi Umenyiora.
NFL Worldwide Pathway 2023
Chiefs – Chu Godrick
Chargers – Basil Okoye
Broncos – Haggai Ndubuisi
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“I used to be simply having fun with it. Like … that is what I wish to do,” Ndubuisi stated of his expertise at his first IPPP coaching camp.
Finally, as a member of this system, Ndubuisi first tried out for the Arizona Cardinals final yr. And this yr, he was allotted to the Broncos. He didn’t play a daily season recreation and to this point is a part of the crew’s apply squad, however not less than he has a shot at stepping as much as the 53-man roster if coaches assume he’s exhibiting promise.
That may be a lengthy, good distance from a small village in Nigeria.
Ndubuisi stated becoming a member of the Broncos is “a dream come true and an indication of hope that the very best is but to come back.”
He has already earned just a few stats, too. In his first pre-season recreation, Ndubuisi recorded two tackles in Denver’s Aug. 11 recreation towards the Cardinals.
One other member of the IPPP additionally earned his first stat this month.
Basil “CJ” Okoye, additionally of Nigeria, earned a sack for the Los Angeles Chargers of their pre-season recreation towards the L.A. Rams.
“Generally it hits me, ‘You’re within the States with the Chargers within the NFL. It’s good to take advantage of out of it,’” Okoye stated.