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London 2012 Olympic finalist Lawrence Okoye set for switch to the NFL

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OLYMPIC discus finalist Lawrence Okoye has revealed he wants to play American Football in the NFL.
The 21-year-old former Whitgift School pupil has enjoyed huge success in a short space of time, since swapping a potential career in rugby for the field event.
Okoye is already the holder of the British record for discus and finished 12th in the London 2012 Olympic final.
But today, Okoye - who weighs in at 21 stone - has said he wants to look at playing in the NFL.
Okoye attended a recent trial in Atlanta, Georgia during a break from warm-weather discus training, and has a second trial next weekend in Dallas.
If his move to the NFL goes ahead, he will miss the 2013 athletics season, including the World Championships in Moscow in August.
However, Okoye has stated he "does not intend to quit athletics completely" and is looking to compete at the next Olympics, in 2016, in Rio.
Okoye today told a national newspaper: "From my mid-teenage years, everyone kept telling me to give American football a go, and I thought about applying for an American college scholarship when I was 16.
"I've always been a huge NFL fan for as long as I can remember and whenever I've arrived in the States the customs officers always ask me who I play for. I want to give this my best shot.
 "It's a rare life opportunity."

London 2012 Olympic finalist Lawrence Okoye set for switch to the NFL


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