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Nigerian DL Kenneth Odumegwu allocated to Packers

Green Bay adds defensive lineman as part of NFL International Player Pathway program


The Green Bay Packers have been allocated DL Kenneth Odumegwu (Oh-Do-MAY-Goo) from Nigeria as part of the NFL International Player Pathway program. The announcement was made Thursday by the league.

Odumegwu, who is from Anambra State in Nigeria, was converted to football via Educational Basketball. He attended Osi Umenyiora's NFL Africa Touchdown Camp in Accra, Ghana, where he was named defensive Most Valuable Player.

Established in 2017, the IPP program aims to provide elite international athletes with the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately work to earn a spot on an NFL roster. The NFL hosted an International Combine in England on October 4, 2022, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with 38 players from 13 countries participating. Players began training in the United States in January for 10 weeks and had the opportunity to showcase their talents to NFL club scouts throughout March. The goal was for athletes to be selected for allocation to an NFL practice squad or sign as a free agent for next season through the IPP program following the 2023 NFL Draft. At the conclusion of training camp, each player will be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption with his assigned team. This grants the assigned team an extra practice squad member. Under certain parameters, players can also be elevated to the active roster during the regular season.

Check out photos of Green Bay Packers DL Kenneth Odumegwu during the NFL International Combine. Odumegwu is from Nigeria and is taking part in the NFL International Player Pathway program.

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