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Amobi Okoye is back with the Chicago Bears!
September 4, 2012KentuckySports.co
On Monday it was officially announced that Amobi Okoye would be re-joining the team. Here is the release from the Bears official web site.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano recently made some comments that suggested Amobi should have played despite him recovering from an offseason surgery on his right knee. Okoye did play in the Buccaneers first pre-season game but apparently didn’t show Schiano enough to keep his roster spot or to avoid his public ridicule.
Schiano said “"You can be a little more cautious at times (with players) and we've tried to do that (with Okoye), but at the end of the day, you've got to go out and earn a spot,'' Schiano said Thursday. These comments came shortly after Okoye was cut and were clearly directed at his lack of a willingness to play more in the pre-season.
"It's too bad to hear the unfortunate things he's saying about my knee," Okoye said, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's kind of unfair of him to say what he said to the media, painting a bad picture like my knee was always bad.”
"It really makes me question the character of he himself, because, while I was there, he was trying to mold us to be kind of like him. It made me question all the things he was teaching me, as far as TBA, Trust, Belief and Accountability. His way of doing things," Okoye said. "It's like, 'Wow, what type of guy is this?' That really hurt."
You can see the original article from Tampa Bay Online here.
Okoye had a good season with the Chicago Bears in 2011 as he registered 27 tackles and 4 sacks playing in all 16 regular season games mostly as a situational pass rusher.
Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said of Okoye on Monday“Amobi is one of our guys; there was disappointment when he signed with the Bucs, he’s a young player. He played good football for us last year. Everyone was excited about getting him back. I know he was injured before down there but he had a good day of practice for us today.” You can see the interview with Lovie here.
Okoye is still only 25 years old, stands 6-2 and weighs 292 lbs. Okoye will play on a star-studded defensive line that includes Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije and Henry Melton. Okoye will join former Louisville Cardinal Michael Bush on the Bears roster. Bush signed with the Bears this off-season after playing his first 4 seasons as a member of the Oakland Raiders.