The Dallas Cowboys have signed British player Efe Obada even though he has played just five games in his short amateur career with the London Warriors of the BAFA (British American Football Association) National Leagues.
The 22-year-old Londoner was spotted by Warriors defensive coordinator Aden Durde, who served as an intern coach with the Cowboys last summer. Durde has spent the past six months working with the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Obada on playing defensive end or tight end when he arrives in Texas for the NFC East team’s rookie mini-camps in May.
Obada currently works as a warehouse storeman for Grace Foods in Welwyn Garden City on the outskirts of London but is trading in his 40-hour-per-week job for a shot at NFL stardom.
Obada told me:
“This is a dream. 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 before.”
Obada, who didn’t even begin playing American football until he joined the Warriors for the second half of the 2014 season last summer, currently lives in Stevenage. He is the latest Brit to join the Cowboys. Durde worked with the Cowboys last summer and British defensive end Jack Crawford is also on the team’s roster.
You can read my full interview with Efe on www.nfluk.com in which he charts an incredible journey to the NFL.