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Old 04-04-2011   #61
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I hate to break it to you, but life is a whole lot bigger than football. Some people use their work to help them fight cancer, juvenile diabetes, veterans of wars, whatever...to chastise a man for using a high profile position to give back to a cause that's important to him is unfair. Do you live and breathe your job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Doubtful.
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I can't believe people actually ***** about Amobi or any other player off doing something altruistic. Every player goes on vacations in the off-season. We just don't hear about them because they aren't newsworthy while they are off snorkeling or whatever. It's ridiculous to call Amobi a slacker because he is off doing something charitable instead of getting a massage in Aspen.
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I don't really understand the criticism here. What Amobi does in Nigeria has absolutely nothing to do with his success or lack of on the football field.
I could be wrong but I think the point some people are trying to make is that he should be spending more time studying film and improving his technique and he should postpone his humanitarian efforts until he's achieved a certain minimal amount of proficiency and success at being a DT (or possibly DE in the new defense.) Football might not be the most important thing in the world but if it's your job, you should devote some time to improving your ability to play it.

Personally, I don't have much feeling one way or another. I'm glad that he's doing stuff to help other people. I wish he had turned out to be as good as his draft position. I'm just not sure that his lack of production is necessarily due to him not working hard enough.
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To criticize anyone for donating time and resources to help children during the off-season is plain wrong. First, it's being rather presumptious to assume that he's not working out or taking in film or any of those things. Second, He could be out clubbing, smoking weed and carrying guns like a lot of other jackasses out there.

I would much rather some be dedicated to a cause then up to no good.

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fixed the name of the foundation for you man.

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I'm a little late, but next time ask him who his favorite Pokemon is.
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I think people are going to hate on Amobi regardless of how he spends his offseason. If it was Andre Johnson who had a charity foundation and he stated he spent the entire offseason working on that and had no time to keep him self in shape which caused him to gain 60 pounds the people criticizing AO would laud AJ as the next Mother Teresa
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Why do you get paid millions of $$$$ to play a physical game like football when it's obvious you have a low pain tolerance?

Do you think you would be better suited for the bench in Cleveland?
Right, steelbtexan. My quote was too short to explain my thought on Amobi's interview. I thought on Amobi's interview is "are you kidding me you may be better suited for DE instead of DT in 3-4 scheme?" Just think why you'd been interview by media? Because, you may not have a position in 3-4 scheme and interested to know what is your plan for the future.

Helping people in Nigeria or domestic is a good thing. However, when you were drafted in high 1st round. Your team and fans are expecting more than just a starter material guy. We expect player to work hard to become a dominant player. I can understand if this was AJ caliber of player doing a similar kind of thing without himself getting out of football shape in off season. Now for Amobi, he should put his priority on football first and work hard until he can convince to the team and fans that he was worth the pick. If I was drafted that high in the 1st rd, this is what I would do.

Anyway, helping people is a good thing and nothing against that. It's more of priority issue to me. Amobi may see things differently than how I see things which is only natural as us human being are uniquely different in our own way. Amobi is a very smart kid and may be he already foresee himself doing something else besides football like Politics, MD, Head of football operation in Africa or whatever.

As Texans' fan, I question his priority setting of things but that is just my opinion.

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AJ has been the best WR in the league for the past 4 years. He's earned a little slack.
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I hope Amobi will focus on his NFL career. I've been in Sapele, Nigeria since mid February and there's just not much hope of saving this place. Set achievable goals and build from there.
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AJ has been the best WR in the league for the past 4 years. He's earned a little slack.
You don't have to prove that you're the best in the business before you can help out your fellow country men. The criticism is downright stupid and foolish. There's plenty and I mean PLENTY of other stuff to bag on Amobi about, the work he does in Nigeria is not one of them. He should be applauded for the work he does over there.

LOL, I bet the people criticizing him have never even been to his foundation's website and have no clue about the work he does over there.

http://www.amobiokoyefoundation.org/cate/

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You don't have to prove that you're the best in the business before you can help out your fellow country men. The criticism is downright stupid and foolish. There's plenty and I mean PLENTY of other stuff to bag on Amobi about, the work he does in Nigeria is not one of them. He should be applauded for the work he does over there.

LOL, I bet the people criticizing him have never even been to his foundation's website and have no clue about the work he does over there.

http://www.amobiokoyefoundation.org/cate/

There it is, check it out.
Okoye may deserve more criticism than you think for his work in Nigeria. I'm IN Nigeria right now. This place is a shithole from any point of view. Check out my facebook pics under Dennis McCleney.
I deal with every day Nigeria every single day. There is no hope for this country for a long, long time. The people are too comfortable in what we call misery don't understand the fuss. If you haven't visited a true 3rd world country, you can't imagine how these people live day to day.
If Okoye is as serious as some think, raising Nigeria rom the late iron age night be his reason for living. MOST Nigerians are living in the beginnings of the iron age, FWIW.
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Okoye may deserve more criticism than you think for his work in Nigeria. I'm IN Nigeria right now. This place is a shithole from any point of view.
So how does Amobi deserve criticism for that? The fact that it's such a desperate situation proves that the need for help is that much more important and urgent. Football is just a game. Every smile that he brings over there is more important than any sack he gets over here. What good is it going to do if people just wash their hands clean of the situation, because it seems hopeless?



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I deal with every day Nigeria every single day. There is no hope for this country for a long, long time. The people are too comfortable in what we call misery don't understand the fuss. If you haven't visited a true 3rd world country, you can't imagine how these people live day to day.
I've been to 3rd world countries and have talked to people like that, their resolve to survive and flourish is great. When I saw what they had to live with and deal with, it became clear to me how much we take for granted in this country.


If Amobi wasn't over there he'd most likely be involved with some other camp (some players attend as many as 6 camps in a offseason) or be wasting his time in some other exotic place. Point is, his trip to Nigeria has absolutely nothing to do with his production as a Texan or as a NFL player. It's unfair to criticize his work over there or his devotion to football...especially when he's trying to build facilities to teach the game of football to the people over there.

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I could be wrong but I think the point some people are trying to make is that he should be spending more time studying film and improving his technique and he should postpone his humanitarian efforts until he's achieved a certain minimal amount of proficiency and success at being a DT (or possibly DE in the new defense.) Football might not be the most important thing in the world but if it's your job, you should devote some time to improving your ability to play it.
I think people who feel that way are misguided in so many ways.

Not only is his humanitarian work more important than what he does on the football field, but doing humanitarian work as your "vacation" should not be a deterrent to his success.

So many times we see "dumb jocks" that just take without giving anything back and we want to complain about a guy doing good work.

If Amobi never becomes a success on the field all of that blame should go towards the organization. Sure players have to want it, but if Amobi doesn't have the talent or the drive then or evaluators should have spotted that.
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ok Amobi helping africa and going to college talk blah blah blah im getting sick of it JUst trade his ass
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So how does Amobi deserve criticism for that? The fact that it's such a desperate situation proves that the need for help is that much more important and urgent. Football is just a game. Every smile that he brings over there is more important than any sack he gets over here. What good is it going to do if people just wash their hands clean of the situation, because it seems hopeless?





I've been to 3rd world countries and have talked to people like that, their resolve to survive and flourish is great. When I saw what they had to live with and deal with, it became clear to me how much we take for granted in this country.


If Amobi wasn't over there he'd most likely be involved with some other camp (some players attend as many as 6 camps in a offseason) or be wasting his time in some other exotic place. Point is, his trip to Nigeria has absolutely nothing to do with his production as a Texan or as a NFL player. It's unfair to criticize his work over there or his devotion to football...especially when he's trying to build facilities to teach the game of football to the people over there.
I've gotten off topic with all my stuff. I was like that when I 1st got here, but they've worn me down.
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