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Old 05-12-2008   #11
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Default Re: Nigerian-Born American Footballers: Their Impression, Expectation On Nigeria

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The trip home to Nigeria had been planned for months, every detail considered to prevent a hitch in their good intentions. On the first day of their charity mission, four NFL players riding a bus on the way to meet Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua, were bang! broadsided by a truck.

"It was really scary," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said.

For a moment, the players-turned-ambassadors could be forgiven for thinking they might have been better off staying home and sending a check.

No one was injured, although the accident derailed the meeting with the president. The rest of trip went smoothly and the only other jolts were the emotional kind. College scholarships were established at 10 Nigerian universities. HIV testing kits were distributed to clinics. Water wells were dug in a village that had none. A popular youth soccer team was outfitted. Connections were made. Ideas were formed.

The axiom is that charity starts at home, and that is what drew the players Umenyiora, Houston Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, and Chicago Bears defensive linemen Adewale Ogunleye and Israel Idonije to Nigeria in March.
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