Adewale Ogunleye Talks About Financial Literacy

Former NFL star Adewale Ogunleye joins the I Am Athlete crew to discuss financial literacy and what players should do with their money in the latest episode. I thought this was a great conversation amongst these former players that can apply to everyone not just athletes. Last year, Ogunleye was announced as UBS Global Wealth Management Head of Sports & Entertainment with the goal to offer financial advice to athletes and entertainers.

Check out a clip of the conversation below, but the full interview can be found here.

Player To Watch: NFL Prospect Jeff Okudah

I’m going to start trying to highlight the next generation of Nigerian athletes every Wednesday with this Player To Watch series. For this week, we’ll start with the NFL. The NFL Draft is coming up next month (pending any changes given the current climate in the world) and teams are preparing to find the next stars to join their teams. The best cornerback in the 2020 class is Jeff Okudah from The Ohio State University. He is a complete cornerback and one of the best overall prospects in this draft class. Most mock drafts have Okudah as a top 10 draft pick. While some even have Okudah going in the top 5. Okudah definitely has the ability to make an immediate impact during his rookie season.

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Brian Orakpo Retires From the NFL

Image via Tennessee Titans Twitter

After 10 seasons in the National Football League, Brian Orakpo announced his retirement from the league. Orakpo spent his career with both Tennessee (4 seasons) & Washington (6 seasons). He finished his career with 423 tackles, 66 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 1 interception, & a defensive touchdown.

In his press conference, Orakpo stated “I always wanted to be able to walk away from the game on my terms, healthy and in a great state of mind”.

Orakpo was 13th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to Washington after a standout career for the University of Texas Longhorns.

Njoku Hot Start to the NFL Preseason

David Njoku, the second year Tight End on the Cleveland Browns, had a great start to the 2018 NFL Season last night. Njoku had two catches and two touchdowns with 46 receiving yards. Although, it was only the first game of the preseason, it’s always a good sign to have early connection with the two new quarterbacks on the Browns roster. Njoku is poised for a breakthrough year as the starting Tight End and should get plenty of opportunity to showcase his ability regardless of who the Browns choose for the starting quarterback.

2018 NFL Draft – Naija Edition

Check out the Nigerian players that were drafted in last month NFL Draft. Best of luck to these guys in their career in the NFL.

Name Draft Pick Team Position University
Uchenna Nwosu Rd 2, Pick 47 Los Angeles Chargers OLB USC
Derrick Ndadi Rd 3, Pick 75 Kansas City Chiefs DT Florida State
Chukwuma Okorafor Rd 3, Pick 75 Pittsburgh Steelers OT Western Michigan
Joey Iyiegbuniwe Rd 4, Pick 115 Chicago Bears LB Western Kentucky
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Rd 5, Pick 160 Los Angeles Rams LB Oklahoma
Duke Eliofor Rd 6, Pick 177 Houston Texans DE Wake Forest
Folorunso Fatukasi Rd 6, Pick 180 New York Jets DT UConn
Foyesade Oluokun Rd 6, Pick 200 Atlanta Falcons LB Yale
Ade Aruna Rd 6, Pick 218 Minnesota Vikings DE Tulane

Uchenna Nwosu’s parents share their thoughts on their son getting drafted: