- Lawrence Okoye -

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Name: Lawrence Okoye
DOB: 06/10/1991
Nationality: British
Home: New York
Sport: Athletics / NFL
Club: New York Jets
Website: www.lawrenceokoye.com

Facebook: LawrenceOkoyeOfficial


Lawrence Okoye is a sporting phenomenon who made history by signing a professional contract with NFL franchise, the San Francisco 49ers, just months after representing Team GB in the discus at the London 2012 Olympics. Lawrence, who boasts the British discus record and the longest throw ever by a teenager among his vast array of achievements, has a story more befitting a Hollywood movie hero than a modest young man from Croydon.

He began training full-time in the discus in September 2010 at the age of nineteen and before long he was competing on the senior circuit. He was soon ranked fifth in the world with the national record of 68.24 metres to his name. This culminated with Lawrence making the final of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

His transition to NFL came almost by accident after attending a Regional NFL Combine while warm weather discus training in the States. So impressive were his stats that despite never having played a ‘down’, he was invited to the highly competitive Super Regional Combine in Texas, an opportunity to trial amongst the elite of USA sporting talent. After wowing scouts from all the major franchises, Lawrence’s dream of padding up for an NFL team turned into a reality in April 2013, when he officially signed for the Niners. After 2 seasons, Lawrence left the club and was delighted to join the Arizona Cardinals. In 2015, he was unveiled as an offensive lineman for the New York Jets.

Lawrence is a motivated young man who is very articulate and media friendly. Away from the field Lawrence has a deferred place at Oxford University to read Law. He is a role model to the younger generation and would be an ideal brand ambassador. This next chapter of Lawrence’s already exciting sporting career is attracting global media interest and his 6ft 6 inch and 23 stone frame make him one of the most instantly recognisable athletes in British sport.

Major Achievements

2015 Signs for New York Jets
2015 Signs for Arizona Cardinals
2013 Signs for San Francisco 49ers
2012 SILVER Diamond League, Lausanne
2012 Olympic Finalist, London
2011 National Record Holder
2011 GOLD European Championships U23
2011 GOLD British Championships U23
2010 GOLD English Schools Championships
2010 GOLD UK Championships U20