Regardless of the fact that he was only picked to join the NFL universe in 2017, he’s already been compared to some of the best security systems in the league. His attitude is said to resemble that of sports legends and it wouldn’t be an irresponsible call on anyone to consider him one of the best tokens in the game.
But then, these are just expectations, expressions of goodwill and hope that the guy will do well in his professional career. So far, Obi has yet to achieve any significant success and has a lot to do if he is to find a place in NFL history. Well, we all have to follow it, wait, and see if it will live up to expectations or crumble into oblivion. Along the way, let’s learn more about things to know about Oakland Raiders safety.
Obi Melifonwu Bio (Age, Ethnicity and other general details)
As mentioned earlier, Obi Melifonwu is a British-American footballer of African descent. Although he was born in London, England, his roots come from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. Named Henry William Obiajulu Melifonwu after he was born on April 5, 1994, his Nigerian-born parents would move their family to the United States of America when Obi was just 3 years old and settle in Massachusetts, where they consider themselves now like home.
He crossed paths with American football as a student at Grafton High School in Massachusetts. He was athletic and competed for the school track team in the long jump and triple jump, while he excelled in football as a running and defensive back. In his senior year, he had three interceptions with 14 tackles, had 17 touchdowns and scored for 1,394 yards. ESPN named him, among other things, to Boston’s All-States team.
Graduating from high school, Obi decided to pursue his college career with the University of Connecticut Huskies. In four years of college career, he played 48 games with the Huskies. Starting in 47 of those games, he managed to reach 8th place in school history with his record 351 tackles. In total, he played with the varsity team, racking up 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 8 interceptions, one deflection on 16 passes, 224 solo tackles, and 351 tackles.
His outstanding performance with the team has brought him lots of awards and recognition. While Scout.com named him Honorable Mention to its All-American Freshman Team, he went on to receive New England, ECAC, and AAC First-Team honors.
The beginning of his professional career
After his stellar college career, Obi Melifonwu was ranked among the top guarantees on multiple platforms and he was projected to be selected in the second round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. ‘Oakland fired him, which moved him up to 56th overall.
It later emerged that he had signed a four-year deal with the Team of the Decade, which would earn him over $4.5 million. As noted, the contract comes with a signing bonus of around $1.4 million.
Height, weight and body measurements
When it comes to sports, American football requires a lot of height, a strong physique and good physical condition. Melifonwu did not fail in this regard. The Raiders safety is 3 or 4 inches taller than 6 feet and weighs 224 lbs. His arm length is 32 1⁄2″ and his hand size is 9 1⁄8″.
Interesting facts about looter safety
1. His name Obiajulu means the heart is comforted
2. Obi has been playing football since he was 9 years old.
3. This guy has 3 brothers, his youngest brother, Ifatu is also a footballer. He plays as a defenseman for the Orange Syracuse football team at Syracuse University.
4. Security raider is skeptical of fame, he doesn’t want people to treat him differently.
5. Obi’s mother, Tina, is a nurse. According to him, the woman has sacrificed a lot for the Melifonwu family, that’s all for her, and he wants to make her proud.