Okoye was the youngest drafted NFL player of all time when the Texans selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thirteen years later, Okoye is still the youngest player to ever be drafted in the NFL. Born in Nigeria, he moved to Alabama when he was 12, tested out of middle school, and jumped directly to high school. He signed to play football at Louisville at age 15 and graduated from there at just 19 years old. He was drafted at the age of 19 years, 10 months, and 18 days old. Raw and young. A waterbed filled with potential. It was expected Okoye would give Houston’s front seven a major pass rush boost.
Rick Smith had the following to say about Okoye shortly after he was drafted:
“He was our top defensive players on the board, and for him to be there at the 10th pick was a surprise to us, a pleasant surprise. The kid is an outstanding football player. … Very rarely do you find a three technique with quickness that can rush the passer inside.”
As a Houston Texan, Okoye produced eleven sacks over four seasons. He was always potentially about to break out without ever doing so. His claim to fame is being the only first round mistake Smith made while GM of the Texans—and no, Kevin Johnson doesn’t count. After his time in Houston ended, Okoye stopped by Chicago and Dallas before retiring.
This afternoon, I have one simple question for you. Without looking anything up, how old is Amobi Okoye now?
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