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Amobi Okoye...for love of the game?

He's a 21 year old physical phenomenon with a huge heart and an amazing career once he leaves football. The man spent a few weeks in his home country of Nigeria with charitable organizations for the second year in a row. Even better, he took fellow NFL players with him each year and has, by all accounts, done a great deal of good in a country that needs it more than most. Believe me, I spent 3 months in Nigeria and in that short amount of time even I was able to see the need in that country. It is among the poorest countries in the world, and to have millionaires from the USA actually take an interest in the welfare of its people is an absolute good. 

All that aside, I get the feeling that Amobi's heart is not completely in the game of football, and therefore not completely with the Houston Texans. Now, it's only his third year (and he's barely old enough to legally order a beer), so he still technically has a year or two to prove that he is more than a first round bust. My problem with Amobi is that the Texans fired their defensive line coach because of him and he directly was probably one of the top five reasons why our defensive coordinator was fired (believe me, i'm not shedding any tears over either of them). Now I've seen the reports during the offseason that he was at Reliant stadium working out for most of the offseason, and those reports pleased me very much. However, he then left for his home country right before the offseason workouts and you can bet your bottom dollar that he wasn't even thinking about football while he was there. 

Amobi comes back and starts the workouts and after two weeks he's feeling some "soreness" in his knee!?! Was this a direct result of him not working out while he was out doing charity work? I gotta tell you though, the fact that he's sore right after he got back from a foreign country isn't the part that bothers me the most, it's the fact the he reported it to the media. So he reported that he went to a doctor and he/she told him that there was nothing to worry about, but he still feels as if it's necessary to leak this piece of information to everyone while he's out accepting some award in a suit and tie. This really gets me. I can guarantee you that Kubiak did not want Amobi to talk to the media about this non-situation. 

Look, the team doctor (someone who knows more about knees than I ever will) told him there's nothing to worry about and, presumably, advised him that an MRI would be unnecessary at the moment. Unnecessary??? When you have unlimited resources and a doctor (who is probably among the best in the business) rules that a test is unnecessary then it's probably nothing. So if this is a non-issue why is the defensive player whose improvement is absolutely crucial to the success of his team talking to the media? 

I hope Amobi doesn't have any damage to his knee and I REALLY hope that under William Wallace Kollar he becomes the kind of player that warranted the 10th overall pick in the draft. I absolutely love this team, but I really have to wonder if Amobi Okoye loves this game and this team when he seems to be more interested in his charity work and "injuries".

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