Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye isn't quitting on his dream to be a big-time NFL player. Even at the expense of one of the most prestigious law schools in the world.
Okoye, 25, was accepted to Oxford University's Faculty of Law this summer in his native England, per ESPN. Instead he elected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, his sixth team in just his second year in the NFL.
And it won't be easy cracking a Dolphins roster at defensive tackle that includes, and 2017 draft picks and . Those four are expected to make the Dolphins roster.
However, competition isn't something the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder Okoye seems to be afraid of.
“My first time ever playing was against
Okoye previously represented the UK in the 2012 Olympics as a discus thrower, finishing 12th in the world. By many standards, he could have continued a comfortable career in this sport.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase gave high praise to Okoye:
“You got a big, athletic guy that has been in high-performance sports,” said Gase. “Even though it’s not this, it’s still an elite level. I think any time you get a chance to bring a guy in your program that works hard and tries to do everything you ask him to do, give him a chance to compete, and I think he’s trying to make the most of it.”
ESPN noted that he fell in love with American football after watching it in England and also participating in rugby.
"Okoye went from being an elite athlete in one sport to virtually a no-name in the NFL trying to make a team," they wrote.
Should the Dolphins cut Okoye, it's not all bad for him. He's deferring his his acceptance into Oxford to the summer of 2017.
“At this point in my life, you kind of discover yourself -- kind of discover who you are as a person -- in your 20s,” Okoye told ESPN. “I’m still in that discovery process, still learning what I’m about as a person. I can’t give a definitive answer (about) what I’d like to do at some point in the future, because it’s so day-to-day right now.”
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency