Obada in 2018
|Date of birth:April 13, 1992|
|Place of birth: Nigeria|
|College: No College|
|Undrafted in 2015|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Kingston Cougars (2013)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Brit bowl Champion|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Efe Obada (born April 13, 1992) is a Nigerian-born, American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He did not play college football as he was born in Nigeria and grew up in the United Kingdom, where he became the first international player to go straight from an American football European league to the NFL.
Early years[edit | edit source]
At the age of 10, Obada and his sister were trafficked from the Netherlands (where they moved from Nigeria at the age of 8) into England and left homeless as soon as they arrived in London. They initially slept rough, then in an office block, then with a family friend, before living in 10 different foster homes. He eventually worked as a security guard at Grace Foods in Welwyn Garden City.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]
Based on a recommendation from Warriors defensive coordinator Aden Durde, who previously served as an intern coach with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, Obada was given the opportunity to work out for the team days before their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Although he was raw and didn't have much experience, he was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 1, 2015.
In rookie mini-camp he was tried on the first days at tight end, before the team decided to move him to defensive end, where the learning curve would not be as steep. He was waived on September 5. On September 23, he was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad. On October 7, he was released to make room for linebacker Keith Smith. On December 2, he was re-signed to the practice squad. He was waived on March 2, 2016.
Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]
Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]
Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]
On May 25, 2017, Obada was signed by the Carolina Panthers, through the new NFL's International Player Pathway program, that guaranteed him a position on the team, after it granted an 11th practice squad slot to all four NFC South clubs (the division was selected in a random draw), so they could sign an international player. As part of the program conditions, he was ineligible to be promoted to the 53-man roster during the regular season. He was waived by the Panthers on September 1, 2017, and was re-signed to the practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on January 8, 2018.
After a strong preseason, Obada became the first player from the NFL International Pathway program to make a 53-man roster. In Week 3, against the Cincinnati Bengals, Obada played his first regular season game, where he had one sack and one interception. He was later awarded the game ball, and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He finished the season with eight combined tackles and two sacks.
On January 23, 2019, Obada signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Obada is close to his sister and his wife, and has refused to divulge any information about them.
References[edit | edit source]
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- "NFL: Efe Obada makes dream start to NFL career with Carolina Panthers" (in en-GB). September 24, 2018. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/american-football/45623810.
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- Coles, Ben (September 8, 2018). "The astonishing journey of Efe Obada - the refugee abandoned in London as a child now playing in the NFL" (in en-GB). The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/american-football/2018/09/08/astonishing-journey-efe-obada-refugee-abandoned-london-child/.
- Helman, David (September 5, 2015). "Vaughan, Showers Among Notable Cuts As Cowboys Meet 53-Man Roster Limit". https://web.archive.org/web/20170806020247/http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2015/09/05/vaughan-showers-among-notable-cuts-cowboys-meet-53-man-roster-limit.
- Helman, David (September 23, 2015). "Cowboys Promote Kellen Moore To Active Roster, Sign Efe Obada To Practice Squad". http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2015/09/23/cowboys-promote-kellen-moore-active-roster-sign-efe-obada-practice-squad.
- Brandon George [@@DMN_George] (October 7, 2015). "Yes, the Cowboys released Efe Obada from their practice squad Wednesday and signed LB Keith Smith.". https://twitter.com/@DMN_George/status/651862132120666112.
- "Cowboys Promote Kellen Moore To Active Roster, Sign Efe Obada To Practice Squad". http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2015/09/23/cowboys-promote-kellen-moore-active-roster-sign-efe-obada-practice-squad.
- "Dallas Cowboys waive DE Efe Obada, WR Donte Foster" (in en-US). 24/7 Sports. https://247sports.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/Bolt/Dallas-Cowboys-waive-DE-Efe-Obada-WR-Donte-Foster-44044008/.
- "London's Efe Obada signed by the Kansas City Chiefs". http://www.nfluk.com/news/specialfeatures/article-1/Londons-Efe-Obada-signed-by-the-Kansas-City-Chiefs/4d73b2f9-a7f9-4b4c-8d62-348aef54d87f. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
- "EFE OBADA". foxsports.com. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/efe-obada-player-transactions. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
- "Falcons Sign DE Obada, Waived WR Johnson". atlantafalcons.com. July 28, 2016. http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Falcons-Sign-DE-Obada-Waived-WR-Johnson/830a97e9-7d8d-4d94-b20e-1a28911220b4. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
- "Atlanta Falcons cut Sean Renfree, their No. 2 quarterback last season". http://www.espn.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/65324/atlanta-falcons-cut-sean-renfree-their-no-2-quarterback-last-season. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
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- Strickland, Bryan (September 1, 2017). "Panthers reduce roster to 77". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-reduce-roster-to-77/29a7f5c5-df97-43c4-8b4e-59030735a892.
- Voth, Bill (September 3, 2017). "Panthers sign 10 players to practice squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20180313143038/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-10-players-to-practice-squad-/13052ee8-0f44-4700-acdb-b5319bd5aff2.
- Strickland, Bryan (January 8, 2018). "Notes: Jonathan Stewart among vets vested in returning". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Notes-Jonathan-Stewart-among-vets-vested-in-returning/a185b3f6-4d3e-4ecc-8c97-39bf67b4fe59.
- Bergman, Jeremy (September 26, 2018). "Big Ben, Drew Brees among NFL Players of the Week". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000966754/article/big-ben-drew-brees-among-nfl-players-of-the-week.
- Strickland, Bryan (January 23, 2019). "Efe Obada signs one-year contract". https://www.panthers.com/news/efe-obada-signs-one-year-contract.