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Jeremy Rich

track and field athlete and American football player, was born 16 August 1961 in Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of seven children of his mother, Cecilia, and his father, Benedict Ike, who served in the military. Cecilia died of a stroke two years before her son Christian moved to the United States. His family belonged to the Igbo ethnic community, and four of his uncles fought in the failed Biafran secession from 1967 to 1970. Okoye recalled trying to hide himself in his grandfather's basement. By the time he left secondary school in 1979 Okoye s potent combination of size strength and speed made him stand out in several sports He played table tennis soccer discus handball volleyball and ran hurdles State track coach Patrick Anukwa noticed Okoye and pushed him to train harder and to increase his strength One of his fellow sprinters Innocent Egbunike received a ...