Nnamdi Obukwelu was a standout defensive tackle on Harvard’s football team. In 2013, he won the George “Bulger” Lowe Award, given to New England’s top defensive player. He graduated with a degree in economics. In May 2014, Obukwelu was signed to an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. He was waived in August, and then signed to the Colts practice squad on September 1. Three weeks later, Obukwelu was released from the practice squad with an injury settlement.
Obukwelu is one of several top football players featured in the TV series NFL Undrafted. During one of his interviews he admits to feeling the pressure of making his successful Nigerian-American parents proud. “Given all that they’ve sacrificed, who am I to f— that up?” he says. His parents emigrated to the US in the 1980s and raised five sons in Brockton, Mass. NFL Undrafted airs Tuesdays at 8pm and after every Thursday Night Football postgame show.