Fritz Pollard How It Happened. In 1920, Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play in the NFL during its formative years. However, in the years after Fritz’s departure, the NFL owners imposed a “gentleman’s agreement” preventing the signing of more black players.
Meet the Nigerians who made the 2021 NFL Draft Jayson Oweh of Baltimore Ravens. Levi Onwuzurike of Detroit Lions. Ifeatu Melifonwu of Detroit Lions. Azeez Ojulari of New York Giants. Dayo Ōdeyingbo of Indianapolis Colts. Joseph Ossai of Cincinnati Bengals. Osa Odighizuwa of Dallas Cowboys. May 5, 2021
A year after he nearly died, Amobi Okoye signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent the 2014 season working out with the team but didn’t get into a game. Dallas released him in April 2015. Okoye briefly played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football league in 2016.Aug 16, 2020
Marquette King is the most recent black punter or kicker in the NFL. He played for the Oakland Raiders for six years before joining the Denver Broncos in 2018. As the first black punter in the NFL in 1977, former Minnesota Viking Greg Coleman forged a bond with King.Jan 4, 2020
The 16-man roster features eight active NBA players, namely Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), KZ Okpala (Heat), Miye Oni (Utah Jazz) and Gabe Vincent (Heat).Jul 9, 2021
Players representing Africa as of the 2017 season include Kenya native Daniel Adongo for the Indianapolis Colts as an Outside Linebacker, Liberia native Tamba Hali, a five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Ghana native Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, a defensive end the Detroit Lions.
Nigerian Institute of American Football was founded in June 2011 at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. With the number of Nigerian descendants currently playing football at the collegiate and professional levels, it seemed a natural fit to begin teaching the sport in Nigeria.