This is a little later than I’d anticipated, but I’m working on a story for Wednesday about outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and wanted to give you a little preview.
1. He’s arguably the most improved player on the defense this spring, which is saying something, considering the defense as a whole has improved considerably from the fall.
Said defensive end Jason Peters, “He’s made leaps and bounds. He’s going to be an important part of our defense next year. With his athleticism and tenaciousness to the ball, we’re going to need him.”
2. He would agree, at least about the improvement. Overall, compared to the fall, I feel like the mental part of the game is there and then I’m better through the offseason program.” He has put on about 13 pounds since the end of the season, up to 238 pounds.
3. He was born in Nigeria in 1993 and his father moved to the U.S. in 1997 to get a job and bring his family over, which he did in 2001. Attaochu’s father Paul went to school at night and worked in a church during the day to get a ministry degree, and then after his family joined him in the States he went to school during the day and worked a full-time job at night at Home Depot to become a nurse. He still works two jobs, as a pastor and as a nurse. Jeremiah has tried to explain football to his dad without success.
“Several times,” Paul said. “I don’t understand it at all.”