Several African athletes are currently excelling in American sports, although some of them were not born in the United States, but they have their roots in African parentage. The Podium reflects on the activities of these distinguished sons and daughters of Africa who have broken barriers to plant their names in gold.
We kick-off this series by shining the spotlight on Jay Ajayi who is a household name in the prestigious National Football League (NFL) in the United States.
Jay was named Oluwadamilola Jonathan Ajayi and he was born in London, England on the 15th of June, 1993. Jay was born to Nigerian parents, Ibi Ajayi (father) and Kemi Ajayi (mother) who moved to Maryland, United Sates in 2000.
Jay is currently a free agent, meaning that he has not signed for any team this season, but the Boise State University, Idaho former football player glowed during his days in college. He was rewarded by being drafted by the NFL in 2015 as a player with Miami Dolphins until 2017.
Jay later featured for the Philadelphia Eagles as a running back from 2017 to 2018. He helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in 2017, beating the New England Patriots 41-33.
Jay’s exploits in the NFL was not free from the usual setback suffered by athletes as a result of injuries on the field of play. He suffered a torn of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 and The Podium cannot independently confirm if this has kept him out of action as the NFL 2019 season just in its second week.
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