Efe Obada Finds a Home in Carolina


Efe Obada was hungry. He was promoted to the Panthers 53-man roster before last Sunday's game against Cincinnati, and in his first NFL start, he logged a sack and an interception.

Yeah, Efe Obada was hungry, but he was hungry way before Sunday. When Obada was 10 years old, the Nigerian-born kid was trafficked from Africa to the Netherlands, then London, where he was eventually left homeless. The guy survived in England for more than a decade on odd jobs and help from strangers. In 2014, he got a job as a security guard. It was there that he discovered American football.

Obada began playing in a British American Football league with the London Warriors, then the Dallas Cowboys found him. They signed him through the NFL's international player program, but Obada never made the roster. He then spent time with the Bengals and Chiefs in the last two years before inking a deal with Carolina in 2017. He was on the practice squad all last season.

Sunday, Obada got the nod and went to work. He's found a home in Carolina with the Panthers defensive line, and the cats found themselves an Underdog.

Justin Tangseptember2018