Babatunde is Chasing His NFL Dream

Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get familiar. 

Babatunde is Chasing His NFL Dream

Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get familiar. 

Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get famil­iar. The man hails from Warsaw, Poland, stand­ing at 6-foot-9, 351-lbs. He has a dream to play in the NFL, but his jour­ney hasn’t been that of a typ­i­cal prospect.

Aiyegbusi has nev­er played a down of col­lege foot­ball in his life – not one. He start­ed as a bas­ket­ball play­er before decid­ing to give foot­ball a shot. He’s pret­ty good, too.

The past few years, he’s been an offen­sive tack­le in the Polish American Football League. As you can imag­ine, his size got a few people’s atten­tion. By way of Texas Tech foot­ball assis­tant coach Kevin Curtis, Aiyegbusi got in touch with American foot­ball agent Jeff Griffin.

Curtis was first intro­duced to Aiyegbusi when the tackle’s film reached the Texas Tech foot­ball offices – just to gauge if the Red Raiders had any inter­est. Unfortunately, he wasn’t eli­gi­ble for col­le­giate play because he’d already been com­pet­ing in a pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion. That’s when the tape was passed on to an agent. Griffin was able to get in touch with Aiyegbusi via Skype, and his jour­ney to play in America began.

On Sunday, March 22, he arrived in Texas to com­pete at the University of Texas — San Antonio’s Pro Day. That after­noon, he was learn­ing the drills NFL scouts would be observ­ing the very next day. Despite the learn­ing curve, he caught the eye of a few teams and the phone calls began. He worked out with the Minnesota Vikings two days later.

Because he was unable to play in col­lege, he will not be part of this year’s NFL draft. However, he is free to sign with any inter­est­ed team, and that’s what he did. As of Thursday, Aiyegbusi is a Minnesota Viking.

Some told him he would nev­er be able to play in the states, but here he is. He may be new to the game and raw in terms of some skills, but his dri­ve and poten­tial are def­i­nite­ly tak­ing him places. He’s ready to chase his dream, and we’re ready to watch him succeed.