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The Nigerian Nightmare !!!
Born in Nigeria, he was dubbed the Nigerian Nightmare for his ability to terrorize NFL defenses. Remember when the Seahawks were in the AFC West and they had to oppose him? I recall thinking how it seemed unfair that the Chiefs had this bulldozer for a running back. How do you tackle a guy like that? We were fortunate to have Commodore Cortez (Kennedy) in the middle of that defensive line.
Christian Okoye earned several Pro Bowl berths while starring for the Kansas City Chiefs in the late 80's and early 90's. In 1989 he led the NFL with 1480 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He was virtually unstoppable on 3rd down and 1 yard to go, as was Alexander in 2005, running behind the likes of Jones and Hutch. I'm running here, you might want to get out of the way if you don't want to get hurt.
Where is he now?
I recently learned that Christian Okoye was cast as one of the swashbucklers on the reality tv show called Pirate Master. Anyone ever watch Pirate Master? I have never seen this show.
Okoye at 45, was the oldest cast member. What NFL defenders were incapable of doing that his fellow cast members could ..... push the 270 pound Okoye back for a loss. The Nigerian Nightmare was booted out of the game after only 6 days on the ship. The final scene was of Okoye floating on a plank of wood in the darkness of the open ocean with nothing but a lamp. This compares very closely to the treatment that Gene Upshaw and the NFL Players Association has displayed to it's retired players from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
None of the other contestants was aware of his career in the NFL while he was on the show. This was what he wanted. If they asked he would have offered an honest offer.
At Pirate's Court Okoye elicited a speech very similiar the leadership he conveyed on the football field. "Fellow pirates. I love you guys, I love this ship," said Christian. "You know, many people have been complaining about the money they've been getting, that the portions are not very fair. The captain should make sure that his crew are happy. If you choose me to be the captain, I will not take 50%. I will not take 40%. I will not take 30%. If I don't make my crew happy, I'm not doing my job. So captain... How do you run the ship?"
Okoye grew up in Nigeria and venture to the United States to attend college at tiny Azusa Pacific. He want on to star for the Kansas City Chiefs. Since retiring, he has founded the Christian Okoye Foundation. This is a charitible organization chartered to capture the passion that children have for sports. His foundation draws upon at-risk under-priviledges youths to participate in hosted athletic clinics. He also owns a health and fitness clinic that sells protein powders and multi-vitamins. Barry Bonds is not a member of his clientele. Apparently Barry seeks other products.
Christian likes to jog, lift weights and golf. He presently resides in Rancho Cucumonga California.