Efe Obada will join Jack Crawford as the only British-born players on America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Dallas Cowboys have signed British semi-pro football player and former warehouse worker Efe Obada to a three-year contract.
ESPN Dallas reported that Obada will join the team as either a defensive end or a tight end. The 6’6″, 255 lb. athlete for the London Warriors of the British American Football Association played in just five games this past year – his first time ever playing football at any level. But that was not his main source of income: Obada’s full time job was as a warehouse storeman for Grace Foods in Welwyn Garden City.
“This is a dream,” Obada said in an interview with NFLUK.com. “It’s amazing and life-changing. It’s a major turning point in my life and feels like a movie.
“This could be it – I can change my life… This is unreal – this doesn’t happen to people like me. I’ve never even been outside of London since I arrived in the UK.”
According to Mirror, Obada will join the Dallas Cowboys at rookie minicamp after the 2015 NFL Draft in May. Assuming he makes the final roster in 2015, he will join fellow British-born defensive end Jack Crawford, who was born and raised in London before playing college at Penn State. Crawford was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and joined the Cowboys in 2014, recording two sacks in his first year with America’s Team.
Obada’s story has some parallels with another NFL legend: Kurt Warner, who famously went from stocking groceries and playing in Arena Football to becoming one of the greatest NFL QBs of all-time, and a Hall of Fame semifinalist in 2015.