Former Texans DE Amobi Okoye said he is attempting to make a return to the NFL after suffering a life-threatening illness back in 2013.
“The illness happened and I really beat it,” Okoye said, via Aaron Wilson.”I’m feeling really good. My doctor has cleared me for full-contact football since August of 2014. I’m working hard to get back in the NFL. I’ve always felt a passion for working out and my recovery has gone very well. I’ve been going through my normal training regimen. I’m full-go, training hard and waiting to get that call to get back on a team. I’m still fairly young. That kind of helps.”
After losing over 80 pounds due to the illness, Okoye says he is back up to 300 pounds and is training diligently in hopes of being signed.
“Football is what I love to do,” Okoye said. “It’s a passion of mine. I’m still young and I can pursue it, so why not play? It’s my passion. It’s my love. When the time comes and a team calls, I’ll be ready. I definitely have a few more years in me to play.”
- Colts have agreed to terms with fourth-round DT Hassan Ridgeway, fifth-round OT Joe Head, seventh-round OT Trevor Bates, and seventh-round C Austin Blythe. (Kevin Bowen)
- Adam Beasley reports the Dolphins have agreed to terms with seventh-round rookie QB Brandon Doughty.
- Jets have signed fourth-round rookie CB Juston Burris and fifth-round rookie OT Brandon Shell to four-year contracts. (Seth Walder)
- Texans signed fourth-round rookie RB Tyler Ervin to a four-year contract worth up to $2.887 million that includes a signing bonus of $547,568. (John McClain)