Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a Nigerian-Polish American Football Phenom, Gives His NFL Dream a Go

No Comments » March 27th, 2015 posted by // Categories: Sports



Here’s an interesting NFL (National Football League) story, concerning Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a hopeful to play American football in the United States — without having ever played college football in the U.S.

Ayeigbusi, a native of Poland, of Nigerian heritage (his father is Nigerian), stands at a massive 6 ft 9 inches, weighing in at 351 lbs:

Over the course of about a week, Aiyegbusi went back and forth with officials in Poland about securing a visa to travel to the United States. Griffin, meanwhile, wrote letters on Aiyegbusi’s behalf and received authorization from UTSA for the offensive tackle to participate in the school’s pro day, in addition to putting in a call to the league offices to make sure they were correctly handling the situation.

“We secured a visa in about a week and a half,” Griffin said. “Normally, it takes a long time, like 10 days for them to sit down and meet with you to discuss you coming over here. But I think everybody in Poland got behind this kid.”

Aiyegbusi received his visa on Thursday, March 19. By Saturday, Aiyegbusi was boarding a plane for a 22-hour flight from Poland to San Antonio. Aiyegbusi arrived at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday, and by that afternoon, he was on a football field at UTSA learning from Griffin’s other clients scheduled to work out in the drills he’d be performing the next day for NFL scouts.

Babatunde Aiyegbusi

Babatunde Aiyegbusi
(credit: Adam Bair)

 

“We went over those drills for about an hour and a half,” Griffin said. “He got up Monday morning and performed those drills. So what you saw, that was raw. He had just learned the day before, then went out there and did it.”

So while Aiyegbusi isn’t what you’d consider a polished prospect, his performance Monday at UTSA caught the eye of some scouts, according to Griffin, who said several “had him over in the corner talking to him forever. So that’s where we are right now.”

Although he didn’t play college football in the US, he has experience, helping his previous team win three Polish American Football League championships in the past.  Great story and hopefully it leads to real action on the football field in the US.

More: Babatunde Aiyegbusi journeys from Poland with NFL dream – NFL Nation Blog – ESPN  & Minnesota Vikings Sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi from Polish American Football League – ESPN

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