Okezie Alozie moved from Louisiana to Pennsylvania at the age of 10. Okezie earned a football scholarship at the University of Buffalo through hard work on and off the field. Alozie is the type of player you would file under the definition of “Hard working”… As he continues to work hard towards his dream of one day playing in the NFL, he took some time to discuss his upcoming shot at the NFL as well as his experience at Buffalo with me.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at Buffalo like?
Okezie Alozie: My overall experience at Buffalo was amazing and I learned a lot about life. I learned a lot from my educational opportunity which inspired me to further my education in things outside of school. It was such a blessing to play achieve my dream of playing football at the Division 1 level and I had the experiences of a lifetime. I also made friends who I will have for the rest of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Scott Porter: Why should an NFL team take a chance on Okezie Alozie?
Okezie Alozie: An NFL team should take a chance on me because I am extremely competitive and want to win at all cost. I put the team before myself and I’m also a leader in many ways. I’m very intelligent which allows me to learn things easily; I’m also very versatile and athletic which will allow me to be used in multiple ways. I strongly believe these characteristics and attributes will allow me to make a positive impact on whatever team may choose me.
Scott Porter: What got your interested in football?
Okezie Alozie: I am originally from Shreveport, LA and there is a major football culture down there. Growing up I would always watch LSU and New Orleans Saints football games along with my father and my siblings. However, the major football event that piqued my interest in football was the Bayou Classic which is played between Southern University and Grambling State. The energy and support I saw being put into this historic rivalry game gave me a sight that I have yet to see in any other sport. Football is an exciting game to me from the tremendous athletes to the intricate aspects of the game which allowed it to easily became my favorite sport. I later moved to Bethlehem, PA and began playing football and it made me fall deeper in love. This blue collar football town gave me the opportunities to get to the point that I am at now.
Scott Porter: What inspires you to play the game?
Okezie Alozie: Many things inspire me to play this beautiful game of football. My faith in God is my biggest inspiration for playing because it gives me purpose and the strength to persevere through the adversity the game presents. My family also inspires me to play because they enjoy seeing me accomplish so much and I enjoy making them proud. Lastly, my communities in both Shreveport, LA and Bethlehem, PA show tremendous support which motivates me to want to succeed even more.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Okezie Alozie: I feel my biggest strength is my versatility and athleticism because I can be used in multiple ways. I’ve played almost every position throughout my football career so I bring a unique playing style and perspective to the game. Also, I am very intelligent and know the game very well. I understand most things from schemes to tendencies and learn very fast. I am very competitive and don’t like to lose and I wont give up no matter what.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Okezie Alozie:
Okezie Alozie: An NFL team is getting a very spiritual, motivated, intelligent leader in Okezie Alozie. I believe that faith allows one to be successful because it gives them strength in times of weakness. Motivation is key because when you do something with a purpose it means a lot more to you. Intelligence is important because one can never stop learning and without a functional mind nothing else can function appropriately. I care about everyone around me and take the time to get to know people because everyone is important and you never know who might need you or who you might need.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your career?
Okezie Alozie: My biggest influence throughout my career has been my father Bertram Alozie. Hearing about his life and how he overcame so much to be the man and father he is today is very inspirational for me to be as great as a man he is. He is a loving and supportive father who has allowed me to succeed by teaching me what it means to be a man. He came all the way from Nigeria to Louisiana to go to college at a young age. His wisdom and guidance has helped me stay on a straight path regardless of things that may be going on in my life and all around me.
Scott Porter : What will your miss most about college football?
Okezie Alozie: Outside of actually competing and all the special things that come along with the game of college football, the thing I will miss most about college football is doing everything with my teammates. We formed a brotherhood and I can’t be more thankful for those guys because they have been there for me at all times. I will never get to fellowship with all of them in the same way that I have been able to over the past 4 years and that’s what I will miss most.