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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:48 am    Post subject: Bucs release DT Amobi Okoye, Re-Signing with Bears Reply with quote

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#Buccaneers released Amobi Okoye who was dealing with injury issues, he is already working on a deal to re-sign with the #Bears.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youngest player to ever get drafted (19), He should have stayed in school a little longer. He hasnt shown much for being a 1st round pick.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TommyC376 wrote:
Youngest player to ever get drafted (19), He should have stayed in school a little longer. He hasnt shown much for being a 1st round pick.


He was a senior though. Sucks it hasn't worked out for him. I wanted to see a 19 succeed in the NFL.
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TommyC376 wrote:
Youngest player to ever get drafted (19), He should have stayed in school a little longer. He hasnt shown much for being a 1st round pick.


He was a senior though. Sucks it hasn't worked out for him. I wanted to see a 19 succeed in the NFL.
I wish Louisville would have RS him his freshman, so he wasnt a true freshman at 16, that 1 more year could have done wonders for him.
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TommyC376 wrote:
Youngest player to ever get drafted (19), He should have stayed in school a little longer. He hasnt shown much for being a 1st round pick.


I've always had my suspicions as to whether or not he was really that young. Nigeria's got a reputation for athletes lying about their age, and he didn't come to the U.S. until he was 12 (supposedly). It wouldn't surprise me at all if it turned out he was really a few years older than what he's listed.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice if Bears can get him back.
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The Cryptkeeper wrote:
TommyC376 wrote:
Youngest player to ever get drafted (19), He should have stayed in school a little longer. He hasnt shown much for being a 1st round pick.


I've always had my suspicions as to whether or not he was really that young. Nigeria's got a reputation for athletes lying about their age, and he didn't come to the U.S. until he was 12 (supposedly). It wouldn't surprise me at all if it turned out he was really a few years older than what he's listed.


I've only heard of athletes falsifying birth certificates to gain an athletic advantage, or in the case of Latin Americans in baseball, to gain admittance into a team's baseball academy or receive a more lucrative contract from a team. In the case of Okoye, he tested into 9th grade when he was twelve a year before he ever even became involved with football in any fashion as far as I know. His advancement had to do with him being an exceptionally gifted student.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've only heard of athletes falsifying birth certificates to gain an athletic advantage, or in the case of Latin Americans in baseball, to gain admittance into a team's baseball academy or receive a more lucrative contract from a team. In the case of Okoye, he tested into 9th grade when he was twelve a year before he ever even became involved with football in any fashion as far as I know. His advancement had to do with him being an exceptionally gifted student.


There's reasons to lie about age not related to American Football; I know he didn't learn about the game until after he got here.

I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but like I said, Nigeria's one of the more common places on the planet for that to happen, so it wouldn't surprise me if he really was a couple years older. Not that it particularly matters either way, I just remember making a point of it when he came out of Louisville because people were really overhyping the dude because of how young he was. Some people still do because they go by chronological age and not football mileage.
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The Cryptkeeper wrote:
sayheykid wrote:


I've only heard of athletes falsifying birth certificates to gain an athletic advantage, or in the case of Latin Americans in baseball, to gain admittance into a team's baseball academy or receive a more lucrative contract from a team. In the case of Okoye, he tested into 9th grade when he was twelve a year before he ever even became involved with football in any fashion as far as I know. His advancement had to do with him being an exceptionally gifted student.


There's reasons to lie about age not related to American Football; I know he didn't learn about the game until after he got here.

I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but like I said, Nigeria's one of the more common places on the planet for that to happen, so it wouldn't surprise me if he really was a couple years older. Not that it particularly matters either way, I just remember making a point of it when he came out of Louisville because people were really overhyping the dude because of how young he was. Some people still do because they go by chronological age and not football mileage.


He was talented for sure, but his age was almost always the first thing I heard when this guy was brought up. Still, wish he could have kept on with the Bucs, I was excited to see him suit up this year.
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Doesn't this dude have his Doctorates already or something like that? Smh...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

damn that sucks, he really seemed to have turned a corner with the Bears
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The Cryptkeeper wrote:
sayheykid wrote:


I've only heard of athletes falsifying birth certificates to gain an athletic advantage, or in the case of Latin Americans in baseball, to gain admittance into a team's baseball academy or receive a more lucrative contract from a team. In the case of Okoye, he tested into 9th grade when he was twelve a year before he ever even became involved with football in any fashion as far as I know. His advancement had to do with him being an exceptionally gifted student.


There's reasons to lie about age not related to American Football; I know he didn't learn about the game until after he got here.

I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but like I said, Nigeria's one of the more common places on the planet for that to happen, so it wouldn't surprise me if he really was a couple years older. Not that it particularly matters either way, I just remember making a point of it when he came out of Louisville because people were really overhyping the dude because of how young he was. Some people still do because they go by chronological age and not football mileage.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/feb/21/nigerian-football-age-old-problem
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always over hyped this player. At this point I don't think he'll ever be anything more then a journeyman though in the NFL.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad to see him go back to the place where he rejuvenated his career
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JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
glad to see him go back to the place where he rejuvenated his career


If this is so, then why did Chicago ever let him go?

You don't just let go of talented players who turned the corner. You keep the to make your team stronger.
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