Texas A&M OL Brings International Flair To Combine
Jermaine Eluemunor has heard the questions. The NFL's insistence to do so has made it a near certainty that any international player will face such interrogations in the near future.
But, rest assured football fans, Eluemunor doesn't see a full-time NFL team in London, at least in the near future.
"I think about that, I get asked that a lot," he said. "I know there's a bunch of talent in London and I think if given the opportunity, I think a team in London would really blow up. But I don't see it coming anytime soon."
Eluemunor (pronounced El-U-Mun-Or) is one of many partaking in the events of the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis. The Texas A&M alum had travel just a little bit to get here, however, as he lived in North London until age 14. Football...American football, that is...was just one of two sports Eluemunor played, as the 6'4, 325 lb. lineman played rugby in England. When he and his family moved to Denville, NJ when he was 14, he partook in wrestling.
The A&M star said he kept track of the American game across the Atlantic Ocean, particularly the exploits of the USC Trojans. When Eluemunor first got into the game, the Trojans were in the midst of their dominant stretch of the 2000's, which yielded national titles in 2003 and 2004. One of Eluemunor's most prized possessions was a Trojans hoodie.
"USC was my dream school," he said. "I used to walk around high school with a USC sweatshirt. It got to the point where it was all ripping, because I would wear it all time."
His forays in other sports only helped Eluemunor on his NFL journey, speaking particularly high of his wrestling days when he met with the media at the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday afternoon.
"I have to credit wrestling to getting to this point in my life," he said. "It helped with my hip flexibility, it helped me get quick feet, helped my reaction time. I love wrestling more than anything, I'll always watch the NCAA Tournament. But I always wanted to play football.
The trip to Indianapolis is a shock to Eluemunor who described the moment he found he was going to the Hoosier State, saying how he found out while driving on a highway, pulling over to the side of the road for a personal celebration. By the time he met with reporters on Thursday, Eluemunor had met with his teenage years' idol...Pete Carroll, the man who led USC's tremendous new millennium run and currently coaches the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle is just one of the many teams the lineman has met with, including a team he grew up rooting for in his New Jersey days, the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he has not been an exception when it comes to kooky Combine interview questions, detailing an unusual scenario he had with the Cleveland Browns. More or less, he explained how the Browns gave him a type of memory game using numbered cards, flipping them and asking him to add them up, to a certain number, using his memory to add the correct cards up.
It's an unusual situation, for sure. But, considering the journey he took, it should be no problem for the NFL hopeful.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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