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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

Who cares if he doesnt pan out, It costs very little money to sign him and we didnt have to use a draft pick on him. Low cost high reward
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by daragon:
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Originally posted by daragon:
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by Kolohe:
Don't really see the fascination with this guy, all hes got going for him is 6'6" 300, other than that he hasn't even played a meaningful game before.

It is rather fascinating. The odds are against him. Heck, he has not even played a meaningless game before.

I do not have any idea if he will make the team, but I find it fascinating and wish him the best of luck.

This

He may have 0 experience, but he has very unique physical gifts. Pair that with Tomsula's tutelage, and he may be a great UDFA signee. Obviously, the Niners know they he has a lot to learn, but this is a perfect example of a player who goes undrafted that could potentially be a contributor.

My only concern is he probably wont be one of the best 53 players to make the roster, so another team may swoop him off waivers before he gets to our PS.

If they take him off our practice squad, they'll have to reteach him their system and place him on their 53. I'm sure they'll leave him alone.

If another team tries to take him of our practice squad he doesnt have to go. Ricardo Lockette turned down multiple teams last year who tried to take him off our practice squad

Even better. Lol.
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

You can't wait for a young man to fail? Awesome...
Originally posted by daragon:
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

You can't wait for a young man to fail? Awesome...

This. Seriously. Don't we want 49ers to be successful?
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by daragon:
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

You can't wait for a young man to fail? Awesome...

This. Seriously. Don't we want 49ers to be successful?

There are fans that want certain aspects of the team to fail just so they can say "see I told you so". I don't get that stance, but whatevs.
Maybe he pans out, maybe he doesn't. People need to stop acting like rugby isn't a viable sport to gain valuable skills to play American Football. It teaches you how to run, catch and tackle. He wouldn't be playing day 1 but be a project.

He had been playing for the academy (minors) team for the London Irish. The London Irish are in the top English Rugby competition.

My opinion is this. If Jesse Williams ( an absolute nobody in the world of rugby) can come to America and play four years of college football and be selected in the 5th round then I think an up and coming rugby player and Olympian has an even better shot. Oh I realise Williams had been playing American Football in Australia since he was 14, but American Football in Australia is beyond pathetic and I doubt he got the best coaching there either.
Originally posted by buck:
Funny man-- yes, he is a black European.

Well, I think he is an European.

He was born in England; he is English. But, I am never sure if the English consider themselves Europeans.

It gets even more complicated. He is also British and holds the British discus record.

But, he was on the English Olympic team; there is no British Olympic team.

As someone else said, it is the other way around. Which is confusing for none Brits I agree as for most sports, what you have typed is correct.

Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Originally posted by buck:
Funny man-- yes, he is a black European.

Well, I think he is an European.

He was born in England; he is English. But, I am never sure if the English consider themselves Europeans.

It gets even more complicated. He is also British and holds the British discus record.

But, he was on the English Olympic team; there is no British Olympic team.

It's the other way round....England, Wales, Scotland, ans N. Ireland play separately in soccer and other sports, but as the "Great Britain" team for the Olympics

Thank you for the correction. I really do get confused with differences between the English and British.

Ok, internationally, we are known as the United Kingdom, or UK for short. The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Please do not confuse Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland, which is a separate sovereign nation entirely.

Then we have Great Britain, which consists of England, Scotland & Wales.

In the Olympic Games, our nations official title is "Great Britain & Northern Ireland".

In most sports, with Football (soccer to you guys) being the most popular, we compete as our own individual identities. The Olympics Football Tournament were an exception because we were the home nation and we will not enter a GB&NI team in Rio for their football tournament.

Just to confuse you, the second most popular sport in the UK, cricket, we are known as England. However, this consists of English & Welsh players.

Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Pretty easy to remember...they're not Irish!


Thanks that helps.

One more step to go. Do the English consider themselves European or are the English considered European by others?

Very definitely English/Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish or British. Absolutely no way European. The EU, which we are part of, are generally unelected and a corrupt body. The majority of the UK are anti-EU.

Hope this helped!
Back on topic, as an English NFL Fan, I will watch Okoye's progress with interest. With him, Tom Wort & Menelik Watson being picked up this year (Watson getting drafted in the second round!), it was a good draft for the English.
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Originally posted by EnglishNFLFan:
As someone else said, it is the other way around. Which is confusing for none Brits I agree as for most sports, what you have typed is correct.


Ok, internationally, we are known as the United Kingdom, or UK for short. The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Please do not confuse Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland, which is a separate sovereign nation entirely.

Then we have Great Britain, which consists of England, Scotland & Wales.

In the Olympic Games, our nations official title is "Great Britain & Northern Ireland".

In most sports, with Football (soccer to you guys) being the most popular, we compete as our own individual identities. The Olympics Football Tournament were an exception because we were the home nation and we will not enter a GB&NI team in Rio for their football tournament.

Just to confuse you, the second most popular sport in the UK, cricket, we are known as England. However, this consists of English & Welsh players.


Very definitely English/Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish or British. Absolutely no way European. The EU, which we are part of, are generally unelected and a corrupt body. The majority of the UK are anti-EU.

Hope this helped!

Very much so. Now, if I can remember it. Thanks.
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Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

Really man
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by daragon:
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

You can't wait for a young man to fail? Awesome...

This. Seriously. Don't we want 49ers to be successful?

crabman is just living up to his screen name. He must go to Costco to buy his Haterade in bulk.
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.


I didn't post that. That's not what I'm saying at all.
Originally posted by crabman82:
cant wait to bump this thread in 3 years when he is a nobody again.

It looks like he has drive and intelligence, he might end up being a nobody in American Football, but a deffered place to study Law at Oxford isn't exactly a bad fall back option
Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:
He is going to throw Russell Wilson for a world's record.

That would be funny if he makes the team, guy has an olympic flashback moment just as he grabs Wilson with one arm, spins and throws like discuss for 15 feet, Caroll's mouth drops open, then he yells penalty penalty, ref-sorry coach, the whistle did not blow and nothing in the rule book about discuss throw tackling being illegal.
Tackling and leverage will not be a problem for him because rugby is a like football but without pads. The problem is reading and recognizng OL schemes and line movement. Like what does it when if DE a TE moves in front/away from you. DT when they come at you two or one blocker and how on traps, low blocks. How to read OL body language to get a tip off if they are run blocking or pass protecting, screen or sweeps. Learning not to over persue.