Many of these players still maintain their African Nationalities while some hold a dual-citizenship.
The game is about gaining territory of the other team as much as it is about scoring points. The Americans love it and it is the most popular sport in America. It is a national sport.
Just as the English Premiership is held with high significance by the English government, the America’s NFL has similar status.
According to the recent list of players in the NFL, there are many players with foreign origin in the league. Germans are the most on the list, but there are also many other players with African ancestry. Some are clear from their last name.
Here is the list of these players, their nationality, the first year in the league and team.
1. Steve Longa – Cameroun
Steven Longa is an American football linebacker playing for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He still maintains his nationality as a Cameroonian and has been living in the States since he turned 12.
He was first drafted into the NFL in 2016.
2. Ezekiel Ansah - Ghana
Ezekiel is a Ghanian-born American football star currently playing for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. He was drafted into the league by the Lions in 2013.
He also retains his nationality as a Ghanaian.
3. Rees Odhiambo - Kenya
Rees plays for the Seattle Seahawks and was first drafted into the NFL in 2016. He is an Offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks.
He was born in Nairobi, and moved to Texas at the age of seven but still maintains his Kenyan nationality.
4. Nelson Agholor - Nigeria
Nelson is a Nigerian-born American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League (NFL). He was first drafted into the NFL in 2015.
He also moved to Florida at age five and was rated one of the top 20 picks of the 2015 NFL draft.
Nelson maintains a dual-nationality as a Nigerian and an American.
5. Jehu Femi Chesson - Liberia
Jehu is also an American football wide receiver playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted into the league in 2017.
Jehu moved to the United States during the Liberian civil war. He still maintains his Liberian nationality.
6. Tamba Hali - Liberia
Tamba is a Liberian-born American football outside linebacker playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted in the first round of the NFL 2006 Draft for his impressive performance at the college level.
Tamba maintains his Liberian nationality and will be playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 season.
7. Jeremiah Attaochu – Nigeria
Jeremiah is a Nigerian drafted into the NFL by the Chargers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.
He also maintains his Nigerian nationality.
8. Obum Gwacham – Nigeria
Obum plays for the Arizona Cardinals as an outside linebacker. He was drafted into the NFL by New Orleans Saints in 2015.
Obum still maintains his Nigerian nationality.
9. Efe Obada - Nigeria
Efe is a Nigerian-born American football player and holds the defensive end position for the Carolina Panthers.
He drafted into the NFL in 2015. Moreover, he is now a British citizen by naturalization.
Efe and his sister were trafficked from Netherlands into England at age 10.
10. David Onyemata – Nigeria
David plays as a defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. He was born in Nigeria and currently share a dual-nationality with Canada.
He was drafted into the NFL in 2016.