For many people, Obi Melifonwu from the National Football League (NFL) is a unique player for a number of reasons. Apart from his background data, which is traced back to the Nigerian Igbo strain, the London-born American footballer is believed to be a certainty of rare talent.
Despite the fact that he was not selected for the NFL universe until 2017, he is already being compared to some of the best securities the league has ever seen. It is said that his attitude resembles that of sports legends and that it would not be an irresponsible demand to consider him one of the best security guards in the game.
But these are just expectations, an expression of goodwill and hope that the lad will do well in his professional career. So far, Obi has not had any significant successes and has a lot to accomplish if he is to find a place in NFL history. Well, we all have to keep up with him, wait and see if he lives up to expectations or falls into oblivion. In the meantime, let’s find out what we need to know about the safety of the Oakland Raiders.
Obi Melifonwu Bio (Age, Ethnicity, and Other Background Details)
As already mentioned, Obi Melifonwu is an English-American footballer of African origin. Although he was born in London, England, his roots come from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. After his birth on April 5, 1994, his Nigerian-born parents named Henry William Obiajulu Melifonwu. When Obi was only three years old, they moved with their family to the United States of America and settled in Massachusetts, where they see their home today.
As a student at Grafton High School in Massachusetts, his path crossed with American football. He proved to be athletically inclined when he competed for the school’s athletic team in the long jump and triple jump, while he excelled in football both as a running and defensive player. In his senior year, he made 3 interceptions with 14 tackles, scored 17 touchdowns and raced over 1,394 yards. Among other honors, he was inducted into the Boston All-State Team by ESPN.
After high school, Obi decided to pursue a college career with the University of Connecticut Huskies. In the four years of his college career, he played 48 games for the Huskies. He started in 47 of these games and with his record of 351 tackles, he was able to reach 8th place in the history of the school. In total, he caught up with the university team and collected 2 Fumble Recoveries, 2 Forced Fumbles, 8 Interceptions, 16 Pass Deflections, 224 Solo Tackles, and 351 Tackles.
His remarkable performance with the team earned him a number of awards and recognitions. While Scout.com listed him as an honorable mention on the All-American rookie team, he received All-New England, All-ECAC, and All-AAC first-team awards.
The Beginning Of His Professional Career
After a good college career, Obi Melifonwu was ranked among the best security people on several platforms and was predicted to be selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This happened when he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, he was the 56th player to be selected.
Later it turned out that he signed a four-year contract with the team of the decade, which will earn him over $4.5 million. As reported, the contract included a signing bonus of about $1.4 million.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
As far as the sport is concerned, American football requires a lot of height, a strong physique, and physical fitness. Melifonwu was not perceived as deficient in this respect. The Raiders’ safety is 3 or 4 inches taller than 6 feet and weighs 224 lb. Its arm length measures 32 1/2 in and its hand size is 9 1/8 in.
Interesting Facts About The Raiders’ Safety
1. His name Obiajulu means that the heart is comforted
2. Obi has been playing soccer since he was 9 years old.
3. This guy has 3 brothers, his younger brother Ifeatu is also a footballer; he plays as a defender for the Syracuse Orange Football Team at Syracuse University.
4. The hunter is skeptical about being famous, he does not want to be treated differently.
5. Obi’s mother, Tina is a nurse. According to him the woman has sacrificed a lot for the Melifonwu family, is his one and only, and he wants to make her proud.